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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Inside the United Nations

You can learn more about the role of the United Nations in recent world affairs when former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton launches the library’s 2008 Perspectives Series at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center.

Free tickets will be available at the Alden Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. the evening of each event (limit four tickets per person), first come, first served. For details, call 703-324-8428 or e-mail us. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Borders. You can listen to a recent interview with Bolton on the library's Web site.

Bolton, the author of Surrender is Not An Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad, will present “America, International Security and the Future.” He will offer a candid survey of world trouble spots and discuss U.S. economic and security interests in these regions, as well as identify new potential areas for concern.

For some background reading on the U.N. try these books:

Basic Facts About the United Nations by United Nations Public Information Office

United Nations: The First Fifty Years by Stanley Meisler

The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the U.N. in the Era of American World Power by James Traub

"Complicity With Evil": The U.N. in the Age of Modern Genocide by Adam LeBor

At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention by David Rieff

What are your thoughts on the U.N.’s role in the 21st century? Let us know.

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