National Press Club

Headliners Book Rap revisits 1968

November 21, 2017 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Lawrence O’Donnell, an MSNBC anchor and Emmy-winning TV writer, will discuss his new book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s conference rooms.

Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Purchase tickets and copies of the book online.

Books also will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the nonprofit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so no outside books and memorabilia are allowed. O'Donnell will be available to sign books at the conclusion of the event.

In Playing with Fire, O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” tells the story of the chaotic 1968 election that eventually saw the election of Richard Nixon in the midst of the Vietnam War.

O’Donnell joined MSNBC as a political analyst in 1996. He was the executive producer and writer for the former NBC television series “The West Wing.” He also spent years on Capitol Hill as an aide to U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and was chief of staff to two committees the New York senator chaired.