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Franklin Foer: Inside Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future

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When Joe Biden took his oath of office, the trajectory of his presidency—and the fate of our nation—remained unknown. Thousands of Americans were still sick with COVID, former presidents and first ladies sat masked on the balcony of the Capitol building—while Biden’s predecessor was notably absent. Just two weeks prior, the same building was under siege by a group of insurrectionists who sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election. On top of it all, suffering from the many unforeseen consequences of the pandemic, the American economy faced a looming economic crisis. 

As a staff writer for The Atlantic, Franklin Foer had exclusive access to Biden and his inner circle. Foer revisits the challenging and consequential formative years of the Biden presidency from an insider’s perspective in his forthcoming book, The Last Politician.

Join us for a conversation with one of our nation’s leading political journalists as we cover topics ranging from the withdrawal of the last troops from Afghanistan, to the war in Ukraine, to covering politics at a time when the stability of American democracy remains imperiled.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

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Copies of The Last Politician are available for purchase during checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only).

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Foer photo by Melanie Dunea.

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Wed, Oct 4 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Franklin Foer

Staff Writer, The Atlantic; Author, The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future; Twitter @FranklinFoer

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In Conversation with Clara Jeffery

Editor in Chief, Mother Jones; Twitter @ClaraJeffery


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
$45 members with a book
$55 nonmembers with a book
Free for members
$10 nonmembers
$30 members with a book
$40 nonmembers with a book

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