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11-20-08

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Political journalist and author Ron Suskind to speak at Iowa State Dec. 4

AMES, Iowa -- Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of books about politics and international affairs, will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, Dec. 4. His talk, "Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Suskind was the senior national affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal from 1993-2000. In addition to authoring several non-fiction books, he writes for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire Magazine. In the Sept. 14 New York Times, Michael Crowley, a senior editor at The New Republic, described Suskind as the "rare writer who combines excellent reporting with a knack for novelistic writing about real people."

Suskind's latest book, "The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism," examines the consequences of America's failing moral leadership in an age of terrorism and nuclear weapons. In a multi-layered narrative about the forces at home and abroad battling for hope and security, Suskind contrasts the human dramas of cultures colliding with the controversial policies of the Bush administration and foreign leaders. The book also breaks major stories about prewar intelligence on Iraq, U.S. government deception and the final months of Benazir Bhutto's life. It debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times bestseller list last summer.

In an Oct. 27 interview in Newsweek magazine, Suskind said: "We've completely forgotten the importance of America being a force for good in the world, and instead spent the better part of the last eight years exporting fear and anger and being--in the eyes of much of the world--an agent of reckless aggression. We've almost purposefully engendered anti-Americanism across the globe and that's been the great sin of the last eight years."

An earlier book, "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill" (2004), explores the inner workings of the Bush presidency. Suskind's 2006 book, "The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies Since 9/11," is a revealing and troubling portrait of counterterrorist efforts to track terrorists, interrogate prisoners and cultivate informants.

Suskind also wrote "A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League," a book that grew out of his 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning series in The Wall Street Journal. It follows the two-year journey of a talented, black honor student as he escapes from a blighted Washington, D.C. neighborhood and one of the worst schools in the city to find a home at Brown University.

Suskind is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Suskind's talk is cosponsored by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Miller Lecture Fund, the World Affairs Committee and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body.

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Ron Suskind

"Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism"

Ron Suskind

8 p.m., Dec. 4

MU Great Hall

Free and open to public

Quote

"We've almost purposefully engendered anti-Americanism across the globe and that's been the great sin of the last eight years."

Ron Suskind
Newsweek, Oct. 27nd