Author and filmmaker Chris Whipple

The current White House staff can certainly be infuriating and confusing — but they didn’t invent their roles. One of the most important of these is chief of staff, an office developed during the Nixon administration. This position — now occupied by Reince Priebus — wields enormous power for prioritizing issues and bringing people and events to the president’s attention. But the work is incredibly taxing: Dick Cheney attributes his first heart attack to his time serving Gerald Ford. Chris Whipple, a winner of Peabody and Emmy awards, has a new book about the 17 men who’ve been White House chief of staff. “The Gatekeepers” was researched with Whipple interviewing all of them. This is an important resource if you want to know why/if/how we should drain that proverbial bureaucratic swamp in Washington.

MONDAY, APRIL 24

Louisville Free Public Library
7 p.m. | Free (reservations required on website)
301 York St.
http://lfpl.org

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