July 5th, 2012 at 8:59 am
We are very excited that Hannah Gurman will be discussing The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond on the FireDogLake Book Salon. The discussion will take place 5:00 (EST) pm this Sunday, July 8.
The salon will be hosted by Michael K. Busch, who teaches in the departments of political science, international studies and the master’s program in international relations at The City College of New York. In addition to Busch’s discussion with Gurman interested readers are invited to submit their questions in the open, online discussion.
Gurman’s book provides a fascinating history of dissent in the state department focusing on such legendary figures as George Kennan, the “China Hands,” George Ball and others. Gurman explores the overlooked opposition of U.S. diplomats to American foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. Her book recovers their writings and not only provides a history of dissenting voices in the State Department but also explores the role of dissent itself in the age of wikileaks.