Author and Professor Ronald H. Spector will speak and sign copies of his latest book, "In the Ruins of Empire,"at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.
The book, drawing from recently available first-hand accounts by American, Chinese, Japanese and British witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, delves into World War II post-war intrigues and violence. The book casts new and startling light on this pivotal time and sets the record straight about this contested and important period of history.
Spector is a professor of history and international relations at George Washington University. He was a distinguished professor of strategy at the National War College, Washington, D.C., and was a guest professor at Kyoto University, Tokyo, Japan.
Spector served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and has authored six books, including "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan," a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
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The free event is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book and the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System, with support from the Georgia Humanities Council.