Historian, author to speak at Columbus Public Library July 31

Prize-winning historian and author Ronald H. Spector will speak at the Columbus Public Library on Tuesday, July 31.

The 7 p.m. talk by Spector will include discussion of his latest book, the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia. It's the sequel to Eagle Against the Sun (1985). Other books by Spector include: Professors of War: The Naval War College and the Development of the Naval Profession (2005); At War At Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century and After Tet: The Bloodiest Year in Vietnam (1994). At War At Sea received the Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History.

Spector is professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He has served in various government positions and on active duty in the Marine Corps. Spector was the first civilian to become Director of Naval History and the head of the Naval Historical Center. In 1995-96, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Strategy at the National War College. He has served on the faculties of LSU, Alabama and Princeton and has been senior Fulbright lecturer in India and Israel. In 2000 he was the Distinguished Guest professor at Keio University.

At the Elliot School, Spector teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. - East Asian Relations, World War II and the Vietnam War as well as a graduate seminar on Naval history and a graduate seminar on strategy.

Spector's appearance is made possible by a "We the People" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Georgia Humanities Council and is free to the public. The Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System and the Georgia Center for the Book (Dekalb) are hosts for the event.