War on Peace:
The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
in conversation with MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI
May 2, 2018
(Doors at 6:30)
1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge MA 02138
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Please note the updated venue:
This event will now take place at Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard.
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.
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
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