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[ONLINE] - Authors & Insights: Jean Becker and Jon Decker

September 14, 2021


Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Tuesday, Sept. 14. This event will feature President George H.W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Jean Becker and White House Correspondent for Gray Television and McCain Institute Media Fellow Jon Decker. . They will discuss Becker’s newest book, “The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency,” a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best.

Two lucky attendees will receive signed copies of “The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency” by Jean Becker! The winners, drawn at random, will be notified by email after the event.


Jean Becker was President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff for nearly twenty-five years, from March 1994 until his death on November 30, 2018.

Jon Decker is the White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor for Gray Television and has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995. In 2015, he was elected by his colleagues to the Board of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Jon serves on the faculty of Georgetown University and the UCLA School of Law where he is an Adjunct Professor. Jon, a member of the Washington, DC Bar, is the only lawyer in the White House Press Corps.

While the U.S. faces a range of challenges these days – both here at home and on the world stage – the McCain Institute maintains that all of them can be met by reaffirming character-driven leadership. To bolster its message, the Institute hosts Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. Through this “reverse book tour,” Institute leaders interview authors of important newly-released books on American politics, policy and leadership with the intention to engage the American people in a dialogue that affirms the importance of character-driven leadership and America’s leadership in the international community. The result will be a blueprint for a brighter future.