Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum
Gasper Tringale

Todd S. Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He previously spent more than twenty years at The New York Times, where he served as diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the political commentator and former White House press secretary, and their two children.


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Todd Purdum interviewed on The Daily Rundown

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on Andrea Mitchell Reports

Todd Purdum dicusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on Andrea Mitchell Reports.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on Hardball with Chris Matthews

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on Morning Joe

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on Morning Joe.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on the Tavis Smiley Show

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on the Tavis Smiley Show.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Todd Purdum interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered

Todd Purdum discusses 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964' on NPR's All Things Considered.

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Todd Purdum on writing An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Todd Purdum on writing 'An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.'

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Q & A

Where are you from?
Macomb, Illinois

Who are your favorite writers?
E.B. White, Russell Baker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, to name only a few.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Death of a President, by William Manchester. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin. What it Takes by Richard Ben Cramer. Simple Justice by Richard Kluger

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Cooking, playing piano. Music.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Steer into a skid.

What is your favorite quote?
“Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come.” Everett Dirksen, paraphrasing Victor Hugo.

Where do you write?
Usually at home.

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Todd S. Purdum
Henry Holt and Co.

A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth...


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A Time of Our Choosing

Todd S. Purdum and the staff of The New York Times
Times Books

The authoritative account of America’s most controversial war since Vietnam, a conflict in which “shock and awe” were not confined to the...


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