Sec­ond Fri­day at the Li­brary: Tom Oliphant

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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.”

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