Second Friday at the Library: Tom Oliphant
At 8 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 13), prizewinning journalist and Rappahannock resident Tom Oliphant will give the Second Friday Talk, which returns to the Rappahannock Library this month. Oliphant will discuss his newest book, The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign. Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community presents these Second Friday Talks, which are free and open to all.
Oliphant is a Pulitzer Prize winner and was the Boston Globe’s Washington correspondent for several decades. He appears often on the PBS NewsHour and other television programs. Oliphant has racked up a long list of journalistic coups — he was the first reporter to write about the Pentagon Papers; he won his Pulitzer as part of a team covering school desegregation in Boston; he has written bestselling books on topics as varied as baseball and presidential politics.
Oliphant has covered 10 presidential campaigns. The Road to Camelot
presents a new take on the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon race. With its focus on polls and political advertising and televised debates, that campaign transformed politics. Oliphant’s history “crackles” with energy, USA Today wrote; the Christian Science Monitor called The Road to
Camelot “gripping and dramatic” and “terrific.”