Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (RANDOM HOUSE)
Thursday • February 13 • 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue
Reading & Book Signing
After serving under eight presidents, including his time as Secretary of Defense during the war years of President George W. Bush and President Obama, Gates has released the tell-all Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. According to the Washington Post, he slams Congress and makes his opinions on the last two presidents clear. Gates also offers insight on policy decisions made during his time as Secretary, revealing the sway political parties and the media really have on U.S. politics. Divisions between White House and Pentagon leadership also come to light. Despite having a good poker face, Gates' personal feelings come through in the book, showing the heavy personal toll he felt by the military deaths in the Middle East—he also offers wisdom on the trajectory of the war in Afghanistan and prospects for its conclusion. Formerly head of the CIA and member of the National Security Council staff, Gates holds a PhD in Russian and Soviet History; he is currently the chancellor of the College of William and Mary.
Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets are $5.
Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties. Additionally, Gates has a continuing distinguished record in the private sector and in academia, including currently serving as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. He holds a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University.
Buy an Autographed Copy Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event. $35.00