Moten to speak at Grange

WHALLONSBURG - The Grange Lyceum series announces a talk by Colonel Matthew Moten, author/editor of a new book, "Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars," a collection of essays by 15 of the country's leading military historians - including Andrew Bacevich, Ira Gruber, Roger Spiller, and Theodore Wilson.

Col. Moten will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22, at the corner of Whallons Bay Road. Moten will answer questions after his talk and sign copies of his book, published last month by the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Tickets are $5 for adults and free for those under 18; the admission fee will go to support future programs at the Grange.

"Library stacks bulge with treatments about particular wars, battles, generals, and armies," Moten explains in his Introduction, "yet historians have largely neglected the course of events leading to a given war's conclusion and its consequences for the peace that followed."

Moten's book examines conflicts from the American Revolution to the Gulf War of 1991.

"For most of its history, America has been successful in its wars," he said, "but the endings of those conflicts have brought about unforeseen and unwanted consequences."

Colonel Matthew Moten is currently Deputy Head of the History Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he has been teaching since 2002. A West Point graduate, he servedabroad in Germany, Kuwait, and in Iraq in 2005. While assigned to the Pentagon, Moten was aspeechwriter and legislative advisor to General Eric Shinseki, then Army Chief of Staff.

Visit www.thegrangehall.org for more information.

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