Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David S. Broder is best known for the twice-weekly political column he writes for the Washington Post, where he has been on staff since 1966. Before joining[…]
David Broder talks about his book on a younger generation of politicians who came of age during the Vietnam era.
I would have very little (laughter) to tell you that. I think there have been times when I’ve been able to help define a political moment. The best work I’ve done was actually in a couple of books that I participated in – one on the healthcare fight after the Clintons came in in 2001, and another earlier one when I took a year off and looked at what was then the emerging generation . . . younger generation of politicians – the people who included Newt Gingrich, and Bill Clinton, and Al Gore, who I managed to catch on their way up to power, and I think defined well for the problem that that generation of boomers has faced from the very beginning, which is the divisions that were sown into them by Vietnam and the other conflicts of the 1960s have never healed. And they have, therefore, had a real struggle ever finding ways of unifying the country as leaders of the country.
Recorded on: 9/12/07