Statesman, Author James Symington Regales at Politics & Prose

Jim Symington was his usual captivating self, as he read from his new book, “Heard and Overheard,” at Politics & Prose Aug. 19. Introduced by bookstore co-founder Barbara Meade, Symington promised to write a longer dedication in the books that had not yet arrived. “I haven’t seen this many people since I was running for office many years ago,” he told the overflow crowd. “Heard and Overheard” is divided into three parts and draws upon a long, distinguished career of interacting with “politicians, statesmen and real people.” Symington served as aide to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Chief of Protocol, four-term U.S. Representative from Missouri and more. In response to questions, Symington lamented the “lack of cross aisle fraternization” in the current Congress.


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