In this episode, Brookings Institution Press Director Bill Finan interviews Steve Hess about his new memoir, “Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas.” From Eisenhower to Reagan, Hess wrote speeches and aided presidents, and along the way observed up-close those presidents, senior political leaders, and celebrities. Afterward, Hess began a now-40 plus year career at Brookings analyzing the presidency and media. Also in this episode, Governance Studies Fellow Molly Reynolds discusses the prospects for Nancy Pelosi to win the race for Speaker of the House in January.
Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas (book)
Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas: A book discussion with Stephen Hess (event)
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Senior Fellow Emeritus - Governance Studies
Director - Brookings Institution Press
The upshot is an environment in which the leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies have to engage with an ever more challenging world, even as they’re on shaky ground at home. This can fuel doubts among our allies and overconfidence among our adversaries, and leave us all more vulnerable as a result.