The 2019 Founding Debates
Made possible by the Ammerman Family Foundation
presents General Jim Mattis, in conversation with Mount Vernon President and CEO Doug Bradburn, discussing his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Call Sign Chaos.

The Founding Debates was created to honor James C. Rees, whose vision lives on with the Washington Library

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$25, includes signed copy of Call Sign Chaos

General James N. Mattis, the 26th Secretary of Defense of the United States, will recount his storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. He will share his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas -- and short-sighted thinking -- now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.This event is exclusive to Mount Vernon Members and one guest. 
Registration includes one signed copy of Call Sign Chaos at the member price of $25. Books will be distributed at the event. Additional signed copies may be purchased at the event.
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