Tucson Festival of Books

Chris Whipple



David Hume Kennerly

Chris Whipple is an author, political analyst, and Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, and has contributed essays to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Vanity Fair. His first book, "The Gatekeepers," an analysis of the position of White House Chief of Staff, was a New York Times bestseller. His follow-up, "The Spymasters," was based on interviews with nearly every living CIA Director and was critically acclaimed. His new book "The Fight of His Life" chronicles President Joe Biden and his team's battle to achieve their agenda.

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Awards: Emmy, Peabody


Scheduled events:
Eroding Rights: A Look Ahead
There is plenty of talk and confusion these days about the rights we have as Americans. Many of the rights we thought to be settled law have been overturned or are being revisited by the Supreme Court. In this session, our authors discuss what's been lost, what's in jeopardy, and who is trying to protect the rights we once assumed we had.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Becca Andrews, Dahlia Lithwick, Chris Whipple
Moderator: Judith Brown
A View From Both Sides
How has the recent evolution of the Republican Party changed American policy? How has it impacted day-to-day life in the Oval Office? In this session, insiders David Corn, Tim Miller, Chris Whipple and Robert Draper will explore how the new political landscape has affected the way the White House now does business.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Corn, Robert Draper, Tim Miller, Chris Whipple
Moderator: Alex Droege
Inside the White House
Between Jonathan Lemire's "The Big Lie" and Major Garrett's "The Big Truth" we get a good look inside the Donald Trump White House. Today, thanks to Chris Whipple and "The Fight Of His Life," we will learn how it compared to the Joe Biden White House today.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Rincon Room (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Major Garrett, Jonathan Lemire, Chris Whipple
Moderator: Dan Balz

Books:
The Fight of His Life
Inside Joe Biden's White House
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Scribner
January 2023
ISBN 9781982106430
432 pages

The Spymasters
How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
October 2021
ISBN 9781982106416
416 pages