Tyler Bridges



Tyler Bridges, who was twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans and Lima, Peru. He writes mostly for The Advocate but also for the Washington Post and Politico Magazine. A former reporter for The Miami Herald and The Times-Picayune, he is the author of Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards and The Rise of David Duke.





1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin: An Epic Louisiana Election

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin: An Epic Louisiana Election

Only in a state whose politics are notoriously wild could a United States senator best known for his involvement in a sex scandal still be considered the odds-on favorite for governor. And only in Louisiana could a small-town lawmaker flip that script with the help of private investigators, a rogue sheriff, a purple party bus, a gaggle of trial lawyers, and an ad blitz questioning the front runner's choice of "prostitutes over patriots."

Long Shot is the story of Louisiana's 2015 race for governor - but the story of John Bel Edwards' improbable victory over David Vitter holds lessons for candidates and voters in all 50 states. It's an inconceivable and sometimes hysterical odyssey that unfolds against the unique backdrop of Louisiana's back roads, bayous, barrooms, and ballrooms.

Tyler Bridges and Jeremy Alford, two veteran political reporters in Louisiana, take readers deep into the inner workings of the Edwards and Vitter campaigns. To document this unforgettable ride, they interviewed more than 100 of the people who cut the deals, launched the attacks, and even played both sides. Clancy DuBos, one of the state's foremost political analysts, brought his tremendous knowledge to bear as he edited the book.

Long Shot is a can't-put-it-down romp about the unforgiving terrain of Bayou State politics and the people who are trying to tame it. With never-before-published details on the 2015 race as well as Louisiana's storied past, this is a must-have addition to any serious political bookshelf.


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