Don’t miss author Craig M. Mullaney at the Pritzker Military Library

Just a reminder for readers…it’s not related to the stated goals and objectives of this blog, but since I am such a fan of Mullaney’s book, I felt that I needed to give his upcoming webcast at the Pritzker Military Library a shout-out.  He’ll be speaking at 3:00PM CST on Monday March 8 (that’s 5AM on Tuesday here in Taiwan!) – don’t miss it!

Mullaney poster

Monday, March 8, 2010

It can take an entire life’s worth of experiences to form the balance of a single, unforgiving minute on a mountain ridge in Afghanistan.

Driven to excel by a demanding father, Mullaney graduated second in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After completing the grueling courses of Ranger School, Mullaney continued to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, earning masters degrees in diplomatic and economic history. In 2003, Capt. Mullaney was assigned to lead an infantry rifle platoon along the hostile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan with the 10th Mountain Division. One haunting afternoon, in the midst of a firefight, his education would be put to the ultimate test.

In The Unforgiving Minute, Mullaney looks back upon his years of Army training, the books that inspired him, and the formative relationships of his life – from friends and mentors to his mother and father, as well as the woman who would become his wife. Where does a soldier find the strength to become a leader? What is the price of a salute? Following his return home, Mullaney served for three years on the history faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was charged with preparing young men and women to someday face an unforgiving minute of their own.

Craig M. Mullaney was appointed Principal Director of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Policy at the Department of Defense in May 2009. He was previously the Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense Transition Team, and served as defense policy advisor for the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential election. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

Pritzker Military Library
610 N. Fairbanks Court, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-0234

Presentation and Live Webcast – 3:00pm CST
Make a Reservation

Books will be sold at this event by the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, with 10% discount for members.


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2 Responses to “Don’t miss author Craig M. Mullaney at the Pritzker Military Library”

  1. Tron Says:

    For anyone who missed it live, you can get the podcast on iTunes here:, or you can check it out at the Pritzker Military Library’s website: I certainly enjoyed watching the event live.

  2. “The Good Soldiers” Author David Finkel at the Pritzker Military Library « Facing China Says:

    […] tomorrow morning to watch his live webcast that will start at 4AM on Thursday in Taiwan, but like the Craig Mullaney talk I watched a while back, I’m certain it will be worth it.  In my opinion, these two books (Mullaney’s 2008 […]

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