Americans are a nation-building people, and in “Liberty’s Surest Guardian” (Free Press, Sept. 2011) Jeremi Suri, professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, looks to America’s history to see both what it has to offer failed states around the world and what it should avoid. He will present his new book at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at BookPeople.
In “Liberty’s Surest Guardian,” Suri examines more than 200 years of U.S. policy to explain the successes and failures of nation-building operations. From Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War, to Japan and Germany after World War II, to the ongoing rebuilding of Iraq, he draws lessons from past mistakes and offers a plan for moving forward. Read his Q&A for more about the book.
About the author: Jeremi Suri – Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers—is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. He is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. Visit his blog for more about his work.
BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd. Visit the BookPeople website for more about the event.