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October 16, 2019
12:00 PM
Time Details:
About an hour
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Book cover for "Calm Before the Storm" by Marlin Fitzwater
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Lunch and Learn Extra: Marlin Fitzwater, "The Calm Before the Storm"

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Marlin Fitzwater returns to his hometown, Abilene, Kansas, to talk about his latest book, which begins at his family's farm and takes us on his journey to the White House, brilliantly painting a picture of what helped produce his rich powers of observation and storytelling. In August 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and President George H.W. Bush's press secretary started a diary. That compilation of private notes, memos and briefings from the Persian Gulf Crisis to the resulting Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm serve as the backdrop of a story that is as much about presidential leadership and American principles as it is about those pivotal moments in history. Marlin Fitzwater served under both Presidents H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan for ten years, 1983-93. This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of Lunch & Learn series sponsors, the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.