Skip to main content

James A. Baker III – the Man Who Ran Washington

This members-only conversation with The New York Times’ Peter Baker and the New Yorker's Susan Glasser explores the legacy of James A. Baker III, the topic of their new book.
Susan Glasser
Peter Baker
Event Date

About This Event

James A. Baker III was the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world. Serving as a campaign manager, chief of staff, treasury secretary, and, ultimately, as secretary of state to Republican presidents Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, Baker’s career at the heart of government spanned a transformational period in America’s domestic politics and international relations. The New York Times’ chief white house correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser sat down with Council President Ivo Daalder to discuss the legacy of James A. Baker III, and how his favored style of pragmatic politics and consensus governance resonates in today’s divisive political climate.

Copies of Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s latest book, The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, are available for from the Book Cellar.

About the Speakers
Staff Writer and Columnist, New Yorker
Photo of Susan Glasser
Susan Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker and was a founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, where she also served as POLITICO's chief international affairs columnist and host of the podcast "The Global Politico." She's also a global affairs analyst for CNN.
Photo of Susan Glasser
Peter Baker
Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
In addition to The New York Times, Peter Baker is also a political analyst for MSNBC and a panelist on PBS's Washington Week. He's the author and coauthor of multiple books, including his most recent, Impeachment: An American History. In 2007 Baker was honored with the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award in 2011.