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Institute of Politics

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School (IOP) was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs.

Book Description

After every presidential election since 1972, all of the major players have gathered at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School for a “first draft of history”. The 2016 Campaign Managers Conference was particularly intense, following one of the most vivid and unusual presidential campaigns in American history. It is hard to overstate the number of firsts: first woman nominee of a major party; first president elected with no prior military or public service; first winning presidential campaign run by a woman; first openly gay campaign manager for the presidential nominee of a major party; and finally: no candidate in American history has ever won this many popular votes and lost the presidency.

In Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016, a distinguished group of presidential campaign staff, journalists, and political observers take us inside the 2016 race for the Republican and Democratic nominations and general election, guiding us through each candidate's campaign from the time each candidate announced his or her intention to seek the presidency through the primaries, conventions, and up to election day. Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016 is essential reading for anyone interested in the inner workings of national political campaigns.


“An invaluable guide to one of the strangest, most bitter elections in U.S. history, as it was seen from inside the campaigns themselves. I attended this event. Even the winners were angry.” David Fahrenthold, Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter for The Washington Post

“The raw emotions of the 2016 presidential race jump off the pages in Campaign for President. If you are consumed by politics want to know how controversial decisions—big and small-- were made, this is a must read.” – Lois Romano, national political correspondent Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek; Fellow, Institute of Politics, Spring 2008

“People will be studying the 2016 American presidential election for centuries to come. This book lets readers hear directly from those who had front-row seats to this election, offering an unparalleled view of the series of events that brought us to two words: President Trump.” – Kristen Soltis Anderson, Republican pollster


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