Ira Shapiro, an author, former senior Senate staffer and former U.S. trade ambassador, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual conversation at 2:00 p.m. CT Monday, September 12.
Shapiro and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss Shapiro’s newest book, “The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America.”
The Betrayal is the third of Shapiro’s book that explores 60 years of Senate history. Shapiro was a senior Senate staffer for several years, then shifted his focus to practicing law in international trade. He advised both the Bill Clinton and Al Gore presidential campaigns. He served in the Clinton administration as general counsel to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and became the chief U.S. trade negotiator with Japan and Canada, earning the rank of ambassador.
His first book about the Senate, “The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis,” focused on the Senate in the 1960s and ‘70s and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His second, “Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?” analyzed the Senate during the early months of the Trump administration.
This event is part of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Understanding Our New World virtual conversation series with government and private sector leaders, policy experts, political analysts, authors, and journalists.
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