VIRTUAL: Robert Gates at the Hudson Library [3/15]

The Hudson Library will be hosting Robert Gates on March 15th at 7pm. Gates will be discussing his book The Exercise of Power.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the global perception of the United States has progressively morphed from dominant international leader to disorganized entity. Gates argues that this transformation is the result of the failure of political leaders to understand the complexity of American power. With forthright judgments of the performance of past presidents and their senior-most advisers, firsthand knowledge, and insider stories, Gates argues that U.S. national security in the future will require learning, and abiding by, the lessons of the past, and re-creating those capabilities that the misuse of power has cost the nation. Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin states that Gates has “a narrative gift that captivates the reader from start to finish, an insightful mind, and a profound wisdom that comes from his own experience and wide-ranging historical knowledge.”

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Monday, March 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

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96 Library St
Hudson, OH 44236
Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click for Details
Published: Knopf - June 16th, 2020

From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 bestselling memoir, Duty, a candid, sweeping examination of power, and how it has been exercised, for good and bad, by American presidents in the post-Cold War world.

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