Upcoming Event

Ronan Farrow


War on Peace:
The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of the American Influence

in conversation with MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI

Online pre-sales (ticket + book) now available
$5 tickets on sale Mar 29 at


May 2, 2018
7:00 PM
(Doors at 6:30)


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


$28.75 (online only, book included) - On Sale Now $5.00 - On Sale March 29, 2018

Harvard Book Store and WBUR welcome investigative journalist and former State Department official RONAN FARROW for a discussion of his new book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He will be joined in conversation by journalist and radio producer MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, of WBUR's Radio Boston.

Please Note

This event does not include a book signing. Books available for purchase and pickup at the event are pre-signed editions of War on Peace, specially bound by the publisher.

About War on Peace

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.

In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrow’s narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malice―but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.


“Astonishing reporting and gripping prose . . . Farrow is a riveting storyteller with a great eye for colorful characters. This is one of the most important books of our time.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

“Farrow has become one of this generation's finest journalists and War on Peace a book that will be required reading for generations to come.” —Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and author of The Long Road Home

“US diplomacy has failed to keep up with the times. Part insider account and part sober analysis, War on Peace traces the fall of American diplomacy and pulls no punches. Only someone as incisive and unflinching as Farrow could have written this book―and we should all be thankful that he did. A must-read.” —Ian Bremmer, editor-at-large, Time magazine, and president, Eurasia group

Meghna Chakrabarti
Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is the co-host of WBUR's Radio Boston and is also the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR’s national midday news program. Chakrabarti has won awards from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound.

Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow is an attorney, former State Department official, and investigative journalist who has reported for NBC News and written for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, which published his exposés on sexual assault. He lives in New York City.

All pre-sales tickets include a copy of War on Peace, admission into the event, and a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sales tickets (online only) are available for two weeks, after which a $5 ticket option will also go on sale. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

$5 tickets will also be available at Harvard Book Store and over the phone at 617-661-1515. Unless the event is sold out, any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door of the venue when doors open.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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