Titled “James Carville and Mary Matalin, Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home” for the couple and their new book, the lecture will feature Carville and Matalin, who worked for presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, respectively, during the 1992 campaign.
“Love and War” traces the Carville and Matalin story from the end of the 1992 campaign — where Carville managed Bill Clinton’s electoral triumph while Matalin suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush’s key strategist — until now.
The book is written in two alternating and distinct voices and describes the personal and public histories of the last 20 years.
Matalin’s focus is on the interwoven personal and political events of a transformational age; issues and insights from her kitchen table to the White House Cabinet room on family, faith, friends and foreign enemies. Carville’s concentration is politics — the triumphant and troubled Clinton era, George W. Bush’s complicated presidency, the election of Barack Obama and the rise of the corrosive partisanship that dominates political life in Washington today.
Both of them reflect on raising young girls in the pressure cooker of the nation’s capital and the family’s move to New Orleans, post-Katrina, where their efforts to rebuild and promote the city has become a central part of their lives — and a poignant metaphor for moving America forward.
Today both work as political consultants but have other jobs. Carville’s include teaching political science at Tulane University, and Matalin’s include co-hosting the weekly nationally syndicated “Both Sides Now” radio program with Arianna Huffington.
Other upcoming lectures at the center, through February, include:
o The Aiken Lecture: Erskine Clarke, “By the Rivers of Water: A 19th-Century Atlantic Odyssey,” Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.
o Aiken Lecture: William Link, “Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath,” Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
o Civil War 150 Program: “An Evening with James McPherson,” Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.
o B.J. Novak, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories,” Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers, and each ticket includes a copy of his book.
The center also will host lectures at the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown, all at 7 p.m.:
o Deborah Johnson, “The Secret of Magic,” Jan. 28.
o Kelly Corrigan, “Glitter and Glue: A Memoir,” Feb. 13.
o Nancy Horan, “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” Feb. 18.
o Karen Russell, “Vampires in the Lemon Groves and Other Stories,” Feb. 27.
At each lecture, guests receive a 25 percent discount on the featured author’s book. Admission to all lectures is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and free to Atlanta History Center Insiders unless noted otherwise. Reservations are required.
Information: To purchase advance tickets, call (404) 814-4150 or visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures. A complete list of the lectures is also available on that website.