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New America NYC: The Insurgents

New America NYC and Slate co-sponsored this conversation to celebrate the launch of The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan. In The Insurgents, Kaplan masterfully tells the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by General David Petraeus, who plotted to change the American military from within. Their aim was to build a new Army that could better fight what they saw as the new kind of wars in the post-Cold War age; not massive wars on vast battlefields but "small wars" in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists. This is a story of power, politics, ideas, and personalities — and how they converged to reshape the twenty-first-century American military.


Fred Kaplan
Author, The Insurgents 
"War Stories" Columnist, Slate
2012 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation

David Plotz
Editor, Slate

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:15pm
New America NYC
199 Lafayette Street Suite 3B
New York, NY 10012

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