Leon Panetta In Conversation with Jim Newton
Please join us for a fascinating evening as Leon Panetta reflects on more than 50 years of public service as a Congressman representing Monterey, White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton, Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense. Throughout his distinguished career, Panetta was guided by his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership and crisis.
Like his career, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family’s walnut farm in Carmel Valley. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship.
Panetta and Newton will discuss the many significant events and issues that arose during Panetta’s tenure in the government, exploring Panetta’s unique perspective on leadership and civic duty.
Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009–2011, and as secretary of defense from 2011–2013. An Italian American Democrat, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977–1993, the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993–1994, and President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994–1997. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and has served as professor of public policy at his alma mater, Santa Clara University.
Jim Newton is editor at large of the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked for twenty-five years as a reporter, editor, bureau chief, and columnist. He is the author of two critically acclaimed biographies, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made and Eisenhower: The White House Years.
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GA Tickets: $25
Premier Tickets ($50) includes: a copy of Worthy Fights, premier seating and priority in the book signing line.
Books will also be available for purchase at the event.