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2014 Kormendy Lecture Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winner Fredrik Logevall

Apr 2, 2014

Embers of War: The Meaning of the Vietnam War

Featuring award-winning author and historian Fredrik Logevall

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11:15 a.m.
Celebrezze Moot Courtroom


Photo by Lindsay France

Fredrik Logevall is an award-winning and renowned historian, accomplished educator, and prolific writer on the Vietnam War. His epic and groundbreaking book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, won both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History and the prestigious Parkman Prize, which deemed it an “extraordinary work of modern history.” The book is a result of more than a decade of research, in which Logevall accessed sources and archives on three continents never before tapped. In it, Logevall takes us inside the councils of war – and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina – and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another.

In addition to his prolific writing career, Logevall is the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He is a popular speaker at lecture series, colleges and universities, and historical organizations across the country. In addition to his expertise in all aspects of the Vietnam War, Logevalls’ in-depth knowledge of international relations and foreign policy allows him to skillfully draw parallels between history and modern day – inspiring audiences and encouraging dialogue about the lessons the past can teach us.