The 46th president: A conversation with Joe Biden biographer Evan Osnos

In the week of the presidential inauguration, please join us for a special livestreamed event with Evan Osnos, biographer of Joe Biden.


Thursday 21st January, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

In the week of the presidential inauguration, please join us for a special livestreamed event with Evan Osnos, biographer of Joe Biden.

After two previously unsuccessful bids at the presidency, and two terms as Barack Obama’s Vice President, Biden has now made history, winning the most votes for any presidential candidate, in a turbulent election. And his running mate, Kamala Harris, has made history as the first woman of colour to be elected vice president. 

Biden’s life and career have been marked by moments of great fortune and unthinkable tragedy, including the loss of his first wife and daughter, and, later, his eldest son to brain cancer.  Joe Biden: American Dreamer, drawn from unprecedented access to the president-elect himself - as well as over a hundred others, including Barack Obama, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg - is a fascinating and nuanced portrait of Biden's life and political career.

Since entering the senate at the age of 29, Biden has been at the centre of the Democratic Party. But he campaigned on one of party’s most radical platforms. What kind of president will he be? How might his past inform the future of US politics? Can his administration bring together a divided country? And can he unite the different factions within his own party? 

The day after Biden’s inauguration, join Osnos to discuss the life and career of the man who has changed the course of American democracy. He will be in conversation with academic and writer Sarah Churchwell

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the UK, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of Joe Biden: American Dreamer at checkout for the special combined price of £20 including postage and packing (RRP £18.99)*

About the Book

Joe Biden: American Dreamer
Joe Biden: American Dreamer

Evan Osnos

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date:27 Oct 2020


3.33 out of 5
6 reviews
"Osnos has written a fast-paced biography that draws on extensive interviews with his subject, as well as with Obama and a host of Democratic party heavyweights"
The Guardian
"There’s just something about Joe, as this short biography from New Yorker writer Evan Osnos illustrates"
The Sunday Times
"Evan Osnos asks how the Democrat candidate has defied odds in the race for the White House"
Financial Times
"a pithy and succinct biography"
The Times
"The book is strongest on Biden’s relationship with Obama"
Irish Times
"This portrait of the president-elect reveals Biden’s flaws but also the compassion and courage needed to start America’s healing process"
The Observer