About the Event

From June of 2019 until his firing by President Donald Trump after the November 2020 election, Secretary Mark T. Esper led the Department of Defense through an unprecedented time in history—a period marked by growing threats and conflict abroad, a global pandemic unseen in a century, the greatest domestic unrest in two generations, and a White House seemingly bent on breaking accepted norms and conventions for political advantage. A Sacred Oath is Secretary Esper’s unvarnished and candid memoir of those extraordinary and dangerous times, and includes events and moments never before told.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation with Secretary Mark Esper about his book A Sacred Oath, a memoir detailing the all-consuming task of managing America’s largest and most vital cabinet department” and “showing how presidential inattention, ignorance, incuriosity, duplicity, and unwillingness to take responsibility for hard decisions all put the United States at risk” (Wall Street Journal). The event will include a keynote address by Secretary Esper and time for Q&A will provide the audience with the chance to dive deeper into the topics of their choosing.

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If you are a Supporting, Leadership Circle, or Corporate Member of the Council and would like to register other guests of your company, please contact Margaret Hasani at mhasani@wacphila.org to register.