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Ken Hughes

The break-in at the Watergate complex and the cover-up that followed brought about the resignation of President Richard Nixon, creating a political shockwave that reverberates to this day. KEN HUGHES' new book, Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate, uses the Nixon and Johnson tapes to explore Nixon’s secret interference in Vietnam peace talks during the 1968 election. As a key player in the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program, Hughes has spent more than a decade developing and mining the largest extant collection of transcribed tapes from the Johnson and Nixon White Houses. Hughes served as a senior consultant on Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, an HBO documentary, and is currently consulting on the forthcoming Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. A book signing will follow his Forum.

James Risen

Ever since 9/11, America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In his new book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, JAMES RISEN reveals a litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. Risen is an investigative journalist with the New York Times and author of the New York Times bestseller State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his stories about warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA). A book signing will follow his Forum.


The Grand Strategy of Ronald Reagan

Hal Brands, Malcolm Byrne, James Graham Wilson

November 17, 2014, 12:30PM

Hal Brands Malcolm Byrne James Graham Wilson

Ronald Reagan has been hailed as one of the nation’s most successful presidents in the realm of foreign affairs. Though he came into office with harsh views of the Soviet Union, he found a way to reach out the Russians and build a relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev that began to unwind the Cold War. But scholars continue to debate whether Reagan was following a carefully mapped out strategy. Were his foreign policy moves improvised or part of a grand plan? And how did the crises he faced during his time in ffice, especially Iran-Contra, impact his ability to conduct foreign policy? The Miller Center’s GREAT ISSUES series will kick off a lively debate with three experts on the Reagan years, including HAL BRANDS, assistant professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University; MALCOLM BYRNE, deputy director and director of research at the nongovernmental National Security Archive at George Washington University; and JAMES GRAHAM WILSON from the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State.

This event is part of…

The Great Issues Series: Under the direction of Miller Center scholar and Associate Professor of Public Policy Guian McKee, the Great Issues program provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.


Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Union

Gary W. Gallagher, Peter Onuf

December 2, 2014, 3:30PM

Gary W. Gallagher Peter Onuf

A Conversation with Peter Onuf and Gary Gallagher 

GARY W. GALLAGHER is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He earned his graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely in the field of Civil War-era history, most recently Causes Won, Lost and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War, The Union War, and Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty. In 2010-2012, he held the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University.

PETER ONUF is senior fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is author/editor of eleven books, including most recently, Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War. In 2008-09, he was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford. He is also the “18th Century Guy” on the public radio program BackStory with the American History Guys.

This event is part of…

The Historical Presidency Series: Organized by Gary W. Gallagher, renowned U.Va. history professor and Miller Center senior faculty associate, the inaugural 2013-2014 Historical Presidency series will examine executive leadership during a particularly calamitous period in our nation’s history.

Ann Hagedorn Mitchell Zuckoff

In her most recent book, The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security, ANN HAGEDORN profiles the members of Congress who recognize the dangers of dependence on private military and security companies (PMSCs) but have been unable to limit them or determine their true scope. Hagedorn was a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and has taught writing at Northwestern University and Columbia University. New York Times bestselling author MITCHELL ZUCKOFF’s new book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A journalism professor at Boston University, Zuckoff was also a reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. A book signing will follow their Forum. Photo Credit for Ann Hagedorn: Jeanie Wulfkuhlefor; Photo Credit for Mitchell Zuckoff: Suzanne Kreiter

Edward E. Baptist

EDWARD E. BAPTIST is an associate professor of history at Cornell University.  His new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, explores how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. Baptist is also the author of the award-winning book Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's Plantation Frontier before the Civil War. A book signing will follow his Forum.

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