I don’t know why I love the presidential debates so much. After all the buildup of a summer of attack ads, stretched facts, dirt digging, and political inertia, letting Obama and Romney square off against each other is going to be great television. (Or great streaming video, whichever.)
Of course, post-debate analysis is uniformly disappointing. The pundits pick apart the least consequential aspects of the candidates’ performance in an effort to one-up the other networks with soundbites. (The Times has a nice piece on how past underdogs have won the day with such spin.)
So! I’m proud to announce a new venture with The Penguin Press and Reuters: a post-debate video roundtable with three award-winning authors, each an expert with a unique perspective on the election.
Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland will host the discussion. Freeland is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. (You may have also seen her amazing New Yorker piece on the 1% this week.)
She will be joined by David Nasaw, award-winning author of the national bestseller Andrew Carnegie and The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (arriving in November). Nasaw will provide a historian’s perspective on the cultural and political forces shaping the election.
Last but not least, the roundtable will include Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, the globally recognized expert on energy and author of the New York Times bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
The roundtable starts on Reuters.com after Wednesday’s Presidential Debate at 10:40pm EST. It’ll run for about 30min. Hope you can join in.