Great Generals
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Jean Edward Smith, Lewis Sorley
Sat, December 14th, 2013 |
9:00 am to 12:15 pm
(Members $36)

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am: General Ulysses S. Grant and the Way We Look at War
Featuring: Jean Edward Smith
More than any other figure aside from Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant was responsible for saving the Union. He saw war at its most extreme and was determined to prevent it from recurring. In this talk, Jean Edward Smith explores the legacy of one of the greatest military leaders in American history.

11 am: General Creighton Abrams: From World War II to the Vietnam War
Featuring: Lewis Sorley
Over nearly four decades and three wars, Creighton Abrams demonstrated tactical and strategic brilliance, as well as personal bravery and integrity of the highest order. Lewis Sorley identifies and explores the unique attributes that made Abrams a remarkable leader.


Jean Edward Smith is professor of political science emeritus at the University of Toronto and visiting professor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown. His book Grant was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lewis Sorley is a former soldier and civilian official of the CIA and has served on the faculties of West Point and the Army College. He is the author of Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Time.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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