Senior Advisor to President Obama (2009-2011) and Founder and Director of The University of Chicago Institute of Politics speaks at World Affairs Council of Dallas-Ft. Worth


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"The portrait of Obama is a major reason to read this book," wrote Barbara Hoffert in reviewing David Axelrod's Believer for the Library Journal.

Of course, there's more than that to the book. The complete title is Believer: My Forty Years in Politics and it touches on all four decades. Axelrod has a career description that belongs only to him: "the mastermind behind Barack Obama's historic election campaigns."

In the wake of one successful senate campaign and two winning presidential campaigns with Obama, Axelrod later served as a senior advisor to the president. But Axelrod's career did not begin in politics. He first worked as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. After 8 years of writing about the corruption and nuances of Windy City politics, Axelrod became a campaign consultant.

Believer tells the story of his journey from Chicago campaigning to the lofty challenge of presidential politics. His recollections and analysis of Chicago politics explain how the end of the traditional machines made way for the rise of Barak Obama to senator and beyond.

His work was not always for the triumphant — while he advised President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel, he also dealt with such challenges as up-and-coming politician Rod Blagojevic in early campaigns.


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Because David Axelrod, AB'76, is an University of Chicago alumnus, the World Affairs Council has offered Chicago Booth alumni the member discount price of $25 (regularly $40).

Deadline: 2/24/2015


6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Reception

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Program and Book Signing

Speaker Profiles

David Axelrod, AB'76 (Speaker)
Founder and Director, Institute of Politics, The University of Chicago

A University of Chicago alumnus, David Axelrod is a 40-year veteran of American politics and journalism. Prior to becoming a political consultant, Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, including a stint as the City Hall bureau chief. As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns. Axelrod most recently served as Senior Strategist to President Obama's successful re-election campaign. He served in that same role in then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, before going on to serve in the White House as Senior Advisor to the President. After the 2012 campaign, Axelrod turned his focus to the Institute of Politics to help inspire and train the next generation of leaders.  Axelrod's wife, Susan, is an alumna of Chicago Booth.


Michael D. Ilagan, '92