Elliot Ackerman will be In Conversation for his New Hardcover ~ Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Elliot Ackerman will be In Conversation with Matthew Naylor, President & CEO of The National WWI Museum and Memorial, about Elliot's New Hardcover Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books, The National WWI Museum and Memorial & National Archives and Records Administration at Kansas City, Missouri.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Elliot Ackerman is the Author of several Novels including Dark at the Crossing, which was a Finalist for The National Book Award, and most recently Waiting for Eden.  His writings appear in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing.  Elliot is a former White House Fellow, is a Marine, and served 5 Tours of Duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.  He divides his time between New York City, and Washington, DC.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From a decorated Marine war veteran and National Book Award Finalist, an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

"War hath determined us..." ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost

Toward the beginning of Places and Names, Elliot Ackerman sits in a refugee camp in southern Turkey, across the table from a man named Abu Hassar, who fought for al-Qaeda in Iraq and whose connections to the Islamic State are murky.  At first, Ackerman pretends to have been a Journalist during the Iraq War, but after establishing a rapport with Abu Hassar, he takes a risk by revealing to him that in fact he was a Marine Special Operation Officer.  Ackerman then draws the shape of the Euphrates River on a large piece of paper, and his one-time adversary quickly joins him in the game of filling in the map with the Names and Dates of Places where they saw fighting during the War.  They had shadowed each other for some time, it turned out, a realization that brought them to a strange kind of intimacy.

The rest of Elliot Ackerman's extraordinary Memoir is in a way an answer to the question of why he came to that refugee camp, and what he hoped to find there.  By moving back and forth between his recent experiences on the ground as a Journalist in Syria and its environs and his deeper past in Iraq and Afghanistan, he creates a work of remarkable atmospheric pressurization.  Ackerman shares vivid and powerful stories of his own experiences in combat, culminating in the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah, the most intense urban combat for the Marines since Hue in Vietnam, where Ackerman's actions leading a Rifle Platoon saw him awarded the Silver Star.  He weaves these stories into the latticework of a masterful larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics through his vantage as a journalist in Istanbul and with the human extremes of both bravery and horror.

At once an intensely personal story about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past 2 Decades of strife for America, the Region, and the World, Places and Names bids fair to take its place among our greatest Books about modern War.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, December 05, 2019, at 6:30 PM.  The Doors will OPEN at 6:00 PM.

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The National WWI Museum and Memorial, JC Nichols Auditorium, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

EVENT FORMAT:  Elliot Ackerman will be In Conversation with Matthew Naylor, President & CEO of The National WWI Museum and Memorial, about Elliot's New Hardcover Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Rainy Day Books will have Elliott's Hardcovers for Sale at the Author Event.

ADMISSION PACKAGE (ADMITS 1 or 2 People plus 1 Hardcover of Places and Names):  $26.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Author Autographed Hardcover of Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning, and 1 Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and 1 Guest Admission Ticket, if needed.  It’s your choice, for the same price.

The Publication & Sale Date for Places and Names was Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Walk-In Admission Packages Purchases are welcome at The National WWI Museum and Memorial on Thursday, December 05, 2019, after 6:00 PM, until our Event starts at 6:30 PM.  Online Admission Package Ordering for this Event has STOPPED as of Thursday, December 05, 2019, at 2:00 PM, Central Time.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Additional Signed Books will be available for Purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The National WWI Museum and Memorial, JC Nichols Auditorium
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108

AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED HARDCOVER:  1 Author Autographed Hardcover of Places and Names by Elliot Ackerman.

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