Inkwood welcomes author John Gans for a reading from his new book, White House Warriors. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.
About the book and author: White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War, a is a revelatory history written with riveting DC insider detail.
When Michael Flynn resigned in disgrace as the Trump administration’s national security advisor the New York Times referred to the National Security Council as “the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world.” Indeed, no institution or individual in the last seventy years has exerted more influence on the Oval Office or on the nation’s wars than the NSC, yet until the explosive Trump presidency, few Americans could even name a member.
With new archival discoveries and clear-eyed analysis, John Gans traces the NSC’s rise from a collection of administrative clerks in 1947 to what one recent commander-in-chief called the president’s “personal band of warriors.” A former Obama administration speechwriter, Gans draws upon nearly 100 interviews with policymakers and more than 10,000 original documents to reveal the NSC’s unmatched power.
Called “a must-read for anyone interested in how Washington really works,” White House Warriors also traces the path that has led the United States to an era of American aggression abroad, debilitating fights within the government, and whispers about a deep state conspiring against the public.
John Gans, PhD, is the director of communications and research at Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s global policy institute, and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. A former chief speechwriter at the Pentagon, he lives in Haddonfield with his wife Anjuli and two sons.