John Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Atlantic and the host of the Whistlestop podcast and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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Quarantine Diaries

The dirt bike enthusiast Refuses to let these lightened quarantine streets escape The thin, high whine of his urgent enthusiasm. — John Dickerson (@jdickerson) May 17, 2020

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Publisher’s Weekly Review of The Hardest Job

Well this is encouraging to read:   “60 Minutes correspondent Dickerson takes an evenhanded and insightful look at the evolution of the American presidency… Drawing on illuminating interviews with former White House officials and presidential historians, Dickerson packs the book with intriguing arcana and colorful quotes…This entertaining history rises above the political fray to cast […]

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Starting to record the audio book

I’m recording the audiobook for The Hardest Job in the World at home because all the studios are closed, due to Covd-19. I’ve had to build a tent fort in my bedroom using the curtains. It reminds me of my first bedroom. I had two beds. I stretched a sheet between them and made a […]

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My latest for the Atlantic: Sparing a Moment for Sorrow

If you have ever lost someone you loved, you know the feeling of seeing the world through a bank teller’s glass. You observe other people laughing and enjoying their day, but you are apart from them, separated by a thick, bulletproof barrier. You wonder how they can savor that plate of pasta or play music […]

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Jefferson on a person who assumes the public trust

“When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property, and justly liable to the inspection and vigilance of public opinion; and the more sensibly he is made to feel his dependence, the less danger will there be of his abuse of power — The abuse of power, that rock on […]

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John Adams on Character

I was not familiar with this quote: Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, […]

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Random Thoughts of Friends

Yesterday I thought about an old friend very randomly. We are not in touch much– maybe once every two months. Ten minutes later she emailed me to check in. I wonder if friendships follow a time rhythm that is reciprocal.  You share a relationship with someone that reasserts itself at regular patterns and those patterns […]

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Latest Newsletter

Hello to all of you out there at the other end of this email list. When you write, you’re supposed to have your audience in mind. You draw some diagram of how much they are like you and how much they are not. This helps you discard writing that makes you chuckle by yourself in […]

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Solve for D?

In the absence of solutions from the institutions created to serve the public good.. A) How much private sector money is available to be donated to those economically hardest hit by Covid-19? B) How difficult would it be to create a system that a) collected from A b) evaluated need to discourage fraud and c) […]

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1934 Dispatch from journalist Martha Gellhorn about FDR

About FDR:

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Great Speeches that Convince

A few weeks ago I asked people to suggest great speeches that were aimed at convincing skeptical audiences. Here is a brief list based on those responses (A lot of people mistook the request to mean “who is a person who made a good speech” (I’d love to know the convincing speech you’re thinking of!) […]

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Sermon by Buran Phillips

Buran Phillips is the pastor at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. I go there occasionally with my in-laws. I am a huge fan of his. I am posting one of his sermons here as an experiment to see if it is possible. If it works– which it appears to– I’ll keep doing it.  

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Signing a bookplate for you!

Instructions on how to get a signed bookplate below as are ordering options! The Hardest Job in the World is a book about the presidency as it is and not as we imagine it to be. It was finished before Covid-19 hit but one of its arguments is that the presidency is a job where […]

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Jim Lehrer and Question Asking

Jim Lehrer has passed away. The longtime PBS newsman will be eulogized by those who knew him better, but my every interaction with him over the years left me better for it. I have thought more than once about Jim Lehrer: if you could have his talent and be that calm, decent and good a […]

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Magnify the Lord

The choir at St. Paul the Apostle in New York is a wonder. I always leave mass with one of their songs in my head. This week I recorded part of one because it so moved me. Here is a snippet:

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Dad would have been 95 today

  My eulogy for my father Claude Wyatt Dickerson buried today December 3, 2016: There is a picture of Dad from a family trip we took to London in 1976 that has been on my mind this week.  Dad is holding me on his shoulder so I can watch the changing of the guard at […]

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My Campaign Slogan

There is a thing going around Twitter (Don’t dare call it a meme), that your campaign slogan is your name, plus a colon, plus your last text. So mine is: “Dickerson: Oh Yes!” Jeff Haywood did the good work for me: Yard signs are available at local offices.

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A method for evaluating leaders in action

I have been thinking about organizational leadership. How do we measure leaders? Can we take apart action and measure its component parts? Here’s an approach that came to me while I was running. (Tear it to shreds. Or praise it until your heart is an emptied vessel.) Time: How much actual time was spent on the […]

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Father’s Day

Reprise of my notebook from last year on what Fathers Day means to me:

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Tribute to John Prine

John Prine will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tonight. Last night, his music publishing company Downtown held a tribute for him to benefit 826NYC with an all-star lineup including Norah Jones, Antibalas Horns, Sara Bareilles, Stephen Colbert, Natalie Merchant, Nathaniel Rateliff, and The War and Treaty.  This is what I said this after reading the lyrics […]

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