348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Wednesday, July 31 2024.


 On Wednesday, July 31, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Ron Suskind has been reporting for the past three years and writing for the New York Times about the competing worldviews housed within U.S. borders and our struggles with disinformation that is now framing the electoral contest. We may emerge from this election even more deeply split than we are now, or we may find pathways -- as is sometimes the case when we all gather to express informed consent -- to progress and national healing. Ron will handicap each possibility. He has written four historic and critically acclaimed books on America, its leaders, and the nation’s search for that “more perfect union,” as is inscribed in the Constitution’s preamble.

Presenter: Ron Suskind is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. Writing for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000, he won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for articles that became the starting point for his first book, A Hope in the Unseen, that chronicles the journey of a student who aspired to escape his “blighted D.C. upbringing” and attend an Ivy League university. He has written four other books about national politics and issues related to the United States’ use of power: the Price of Loyalty, on the two-year tenure of George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill; the New York Times Best Seller, The One Percent Doctrine, about the Bush administration’s foreign policy after 9/11, driven by Vice President Cheney’s focus on terrorists and rogue states’ access to nuclear weapons; The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, about the struggles of individuals in the U.S. government and elsewhere around the world to combat nuclear terrorism; and, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President, that describes the 2008 financial crisis and President Obama’s White House efforts to address it. His memoir Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism became an Emmy Award winning, Academy Award-nominated feature documentary.

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