James Hamilton — Advocate - with David Ignatius — at Conn Ave

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For more than half a century, James Hamilton has been an active participant and an inside observer of some of the most consequential moments in modern US history. He has been involved in investigations concerning Watergate, the Kennedy assassination, "Debategate," the Keating Five, the Clinton impeachment, Vince Foster's suicide, the Valerie Plame affair, Benghazi, and the Major League Baseball steroids scandal. He argued against Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court and won. He has tales to tell of power brokers, players, and politicians who helped steer the course of the country.

Written in clear, incisive prose with self-deprecating humor, Advocate discusses the travails of prominent politicians and other well-known individuals, focusing particularly on high-profile congressional and other investigations. Credited with developing the modern system for vetting Democratic vice-presidential candidates, Hamilton recounts his extensive vetting of vice-presidential, cabinet, and Supreme Court candidates--including Joe Biden, John Edwards, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This book concludes with practical, sage advice for young lawyers entering the profession.

Much more than a memoir from a seasoned lawyer, Advocate is a richly detailed history of some of the most sensational and controversial events in Washington politics over the past fifty years. By sharing information and insights known only to him, Hamilton fills in the gaps of historical events while advising the public on lessons that can be learned from the past. Anyone interested in the uniquely American intermingling of law and politics will find this an engaging read.

James Hamilton is a retired partner from the Morgan Lewis law firm. He was assistant chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee.  He served as deputy chief counsel in the Alaska Senate Impeachment Inquiry in 1985, and during 1983–1984 was special counsel to the Human Resources Subcommittee, Post Office, and Civil Service Committee, US House of Representatives, for its investigation of the 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign. Jim was chief counsel of the Special Joint Committee on Referendum Review for the Congress of Micronesia in 1978. He also served as the Clinton-Gore transition counsel for nominations and confirmations and as the principal Clinton White House vetter for Supreme Court nominations. Jim was in charge of vetting vice presidential candidates in 2000 for Al Gore and in 2004 for John Kerry, and served in a similar role for Sen. Obama in 2008. He also vetted candidates for Cabinet, the Department of Justice, White House, and Supreme Court for the Obama administration. And he headed Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential vetting operation. Jim is a past member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2011, President Obama appointed Jim to the Board of the USO, and he now chairs the Board’s Governance Committee and serves on its Executive Committee. Jim wrote The Power to Probe: A Study of Congressional Investigations, published by Random House and supported by a Ford Foundation grant, as well as numerous articles in national newspapers, magazines, books and professional journals.

James Hamilton will be in conversation with David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post, Washington DC. Born in May 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. BA Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies; Harvard College. Economics diploma, King’s College, Cambridge University. Since 2003 author of twice-weekly, globally distributed column on global politics, economics and international affairs. 2000-2003 executive editor of the International Herald Tribune. 1993-1999 assistant managing editor for business news at the Washington Post. 1990-1992 foreign editor, 1986-1990 editor of Outlook section. 1976-1985 reporter for Wall Street Journal, 1980-1983 Middle East correspondent, 1984-1985 chief diplomatic correspondent. Numerous publications in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and others. Coverage of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi won 2018 George Polk Special Award and was member of finalist team for 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The author of ten novels, including Body of Lies which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Ridley Scott. His ninth novel, The Director, was about hacking and espionage. A tenth novel, The Quantum Spy, about the race between America and China to build a quantum computer, was published in November 2017. His eleventh, The Paladin, about disinformation and “deepfakes,” was published in May 2020. He was a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at HKS. He’s married and the father of three daughters.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Advocate: On History's Front Lines from Watergate to the Keating Five, Clinton Impeachment, and Benghazi By James Hamilton, David Ignatius (Foreword by) Cover Image
By James Hamilton, David Ignatius (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780700633517
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University Press of Kansas - August 20th, 2022