Douglas A. Wissing: Hopeless But Optimistic

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Thursday September 14

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5:30 PM  –  7:00 PM

Hopeless But Optimistic, award-winning journalist Douglas A. Wissing’s poignant and eye-opening journey across insurgency-wracked Afghanistan, casts an unyielding spotlight on greed, dysfunction, and predictable disaster while celebrating the everyday courage and wisdom of frontline soldiers, idealistic humanitarians, and resilient Afghans.

As Wissing hauls a hundred pounds of body armor and pack across the Afghan warzone in search of the ground truth, US officials frantically spin a spurious victory narrative, American soldiers try to keep their body parts together, and Afghans try to stay positive and strain to figure out their next move after the US eventually leaves. As one technocrat confided to Wissing, “I am hopeless—but optimistic.”

Books will be sold at AWM before and after the event. 5 p.m. Readers Hall. General Public.

Free with museum admission or $5 donation for event.