ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY - OLD MAIN
Event co-sponsored by:
400 East Tyler Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281 (google map)
Doors open at 5pm.
Parking available at Fulton Center Parking Structure
. Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Presidents Bush and Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, presents his #1 New York Times bestseller Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.
Before Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he'd left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.
Now he takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the vast Pentagon bureaucracy, his efforts to help Bush turn the tide in Iraq, his role as both a guiding and dissenting voice for Obama, and the devotion for American soldiers he developed on the job. Gates also offers unvarnished appraisals of Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Presidents Bush and Obama among other key players, and discusses the great controversies of his tenure — surges on both warfronts, "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Guantanamo Bay, WikiLeaks, the Bin Laden raid — as they played out behind the television cameras. Gates also candidly illustrates how he believes congressional action (or inaction) on everything from equipment budgeting to troop withdrawals was often motivated more by party politics and media impact than by members' desires to protect our soldiers and ensure their success.
"Forthright, impassioned... highly revealing about decision making in both the Obama and Bush White Houses. Gates' writing is informed not only by a keen sense of historical context, but also by a longtime Washington veteran's understanding of how the levers of government work or fail to work. Unlike many careful Washington memoirists, Gates speaks his mind on a host of issues... he gives us his shrewd take on a range of foreign policy matters, an understanding of his mission to reform the incoherent spending and procurement policies of the Pentagon, and a tactile sense of what it was like to be defense secretary during two wars." EVENT DETAILS
— Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- GENERAL ADMISSION event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5pm.
- SIGNING LINE TICKETS are available free with the purchase of Duty from Changing Hands Bookstore. Those with signing line tickets will be called according to letter group (printed on top of ticket) to form signing line after the presentation. Those without signing line tickets will join the the signing line after those with tickets.
- Parking is available in the Fulton Center Parking Structure (google map) directly across from Old Main on University Drive (entrance on College Avenue).
- Book sales by Changing Hands Bookstore.
- Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
- Booksigning line forms after the presentation.
- Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
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 CIA 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.