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The Impossible Presidency - Frisco
Jeremi Suri, Professor; Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Program & Book Signing

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This is, if not a timely title, a very intriguing title for the latest book from Council speaker and University of Texas professor Jeremi Suri. It is The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office.

It is an assessment of the office and its challenges and how both were handled by the people who held it. The presidency, according to Suri's historic examination, has gone "from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world." And, he says, the job is so vast that it is "almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it." 

Mr. Suri is an educator with a dynamic presence, a man clearly excited to be studying the world and sharing what he has found.

A professor in UT's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public affairs, he teaches courses on strategy and decision-making, leadership, globalization, international relations and modern history.  He holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas. And, based on student rankings, he is the professor every student wants.  In 2012, when The Princeton Review listed him as one of the nation's 300 best college professors, a student began his comments on Suri with extraordinarily high collegial praise: "This guy is a badass."

In Suri's bio at UT-Austin he wrote, "I am a proponent of historical and political studies that are broad, compelling, creative, and, ultimately, useful. We should research with Monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair."

The professor earned his B.A. in history from Stanford in 1994, his M.A. in history from Ohio University in 1996 and his Ph.D. in history from Yale in 2001.

He has explained himself in these words: "I am a child of the global transformations that re-made societies in the last century–war, migration, nation-building, and mobility through higher education."

In The New York Times in 2013 he drew national attention by advocating that the U.S. "use a precise airstrike" to disable North Korea's missiles. And in 2014, he said, "The best way to think of Vladimir Putin is Benito Mussolini. This is the leader of a state who has made himself into a dictator, popular at home, by thumping his chest and flexing his muscles."

Mr. Suri's most recent books include: Henry Kissinger and the American Century; Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama; Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (with Robert Hutchings)  and The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (with Hal Brands).

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