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A Very American Diplomat: A New Biography of Richard Holbrooke

Fiercely intelligent and deeply creative, the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke left an indelible mark on global politics. He was twice named Assistant Secretary of State, served as America’s ambassador to Germany and the United Nations, brokered peace in Bosnia, and served as President Obama’s representative in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet despite his towering accomplishments, Holbrooke never attained the heights that he sought. Did overreaching ambition and boundless self-confidence prevent this statesman from achieving greater results on the world stage? And how did such failings mirror the principles and practices of the country he served?

Join George Packer, author of a new biography of Holbrooke, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, as he dissects the brilliance of “our man” in Afghanistan and beyond with PEN America CEO and former State Department official Suzanne Nossel. This fascinating examination will be introduced by journalist and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

Co-presented with PEN World Voices Festival, May 6-12, 2019.


PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature fromMay 6-12, 2019.

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