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Press Release
September 25, 2009

Author Taylor Branch to Discuss The Clinton Tapes at the National Archives on October 7

Taylor Branch
Photo credit: J. Brough Schamp

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host author Taylor Branch to discuss his groundbreaking new book, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History in the White House, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. This program is presented in partnership with the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Over seven years while in office, President Bill Clinton described what it’s like to be president to a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian. Author Taylor Branch discusses his book, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History in the White House, his account of the dialogues. Immediately after each of the seventy-nine sessions, Branch recorded his reactions to their conversations, as well as Clinton’s demeanor, moods, and daily life in the West Wing. A book signing will follow the program.

Note: Featured books are available for purchase in the Archives Shop before or during the event at a 15% discount. To purchase books before an event please call 202-357-5271. All proceeds support exhibit, education, and public programs at the National Archives.

Taylor Branch is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire.

For more information, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at: (202) 357-5300.

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