Few public servants can claim to have had as long and fascinating a career as Dr. Mark Esper. Following his decorated military service in the eighties and nineties, Esper went on to serve in various high-profile positions, including as chief of staff of the Heritage Foundation, senior professional staffer on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, policy director for the House Armed Services Committee, and the vice president of government relations at Raytheon. However, he is most well-known for his role as Secretary of Defense under President Trump, a role he held from 2019-2020.
In his new memoir, A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times, Esper offers a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most unprecedented times in recent history. Throughout the book, Esper offers his own insight into the on-going struggle to preserve democracy, the challenges of remaining a non-political public servant during highly divided times, and what it was like to run the Department of Defense. A Sacred Oath also provides readers with an insider's perspective into some of the biggest news stories of Esper's tenure as Secretary of Defense, from COVID-19 pandemic to the killing of George Floyd.
On December 5, join us for an in-person conversation with Dr. Mark Esper, moderated by former CNN anchor Carol Costello, as he discusses A Sacred Oath. As one of Dr. Esper's few in-person appearances, we are proud to offer this exclusive opportunity for attendees to learn, listen, and ask questions of their own.