Fels Alumni Book Club Meeting

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event Information: 

The Fels Institute of Government is proud to host the second meeting of the Alumni Book Club. 

On November 29th at 5:30pm the Fels Alumni Book Club will meet to discuss the book, The Gatekeepers

About The Gatekeepers

The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country.

What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as “the gatekeepers,” wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS’s agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. 

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief. 

Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.

Local alumni will gather at the Arch Building, Room 110 to discuss the book over wine and cheese, and alumni outside the Philadelphia area can participate via a video conference call (link instructions below).

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://sasupenn.zoom.us/j/519876129 

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16699006833,,519876129#  or +16465588656,,519876129# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656 

    Meeting ID: 519 876 129


Location Name: 
The Arch, Room 110
Location Address: 

3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Contact: 

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326

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