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John Kerry

In Conversation with David Ignatius

Sep 8, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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From the son of a diplomat, decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State comes Every Day Is Extra, John Kerry’s candid personal story of public service.

A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He returned home disillusioned and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984.

In 2004 he came within one state—Ohio—of winning the presidency. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to secure peace in the Middle East, dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS, and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of recent history, as well as a testament to the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world. In conversation with David Ignatius, a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post and the bestselling author of Body of LiesBook signing to follow.

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