July 16, 2019

Sen. Baruth releases Leahy biography

Observer courtesy artwork A new biography written by Philip Baruth tells the story of America's most senior senator, Vermont's Patrick Leahy.

Observer courtesy artwork
A new biography written by Philip Baruth tells the story of America’s most senior senator, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy.

Philip Baruth, a Chittenden County state senator, will visit Phoenix Books in Burlington on May 3 for the launch of his book: “Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the 191 Bank Street location.

The biography tells the story of the life of America’s most senior senator, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy.

Baruth covers Leahy’s role in the response to the 9/11 attack on the U.S. capital, the contentious drafting of the Patriot Act, the ensuing anthrax attacks and the 2014 opening of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Throughout, the biography focuses in on Leahy’s meticulous image making as well as his cultivation of a “Top Cop” persona both in the media and at the ballot box, according to a press release from Phoenix Books.

Baruth is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as the majority leader of the Vermont Senate from 2012–2016. He is the author of the novels, “The X President” and “The Brothers Boswell.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Each $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the book.

For more information, call 802-448-3350 or visit phoenixbooks.biz.

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