Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Remembering the Great Generals

VENUE:New York Historical Society

Remembering the Great Generals

About the Event

Sponsored Jointly by:

The New York Historical Society
The Foreign Policy Research Institute

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (includes continental breakfast)

NY Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)

Tickets required


9 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast (included)

9:30 am: General Ulysses S. Grant and the Way We Look at War, Jean Edward Smith, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

More than any other figure except Lincoln, General Grant was responsible for saving the Union. He saw war at its most extreme and was determined to prevent it from recurring.  In this talk, Jean Edward Smith will explore the legacy of Ulysses S. Grant. Smith is professor of political science emeritus at the University of Toronto and a visiting professor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown.  His book Grant was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  More recently, he is author of Eisenhower in War and Peace.

11:00 am: General Creighton Abrams: The Qualities that Set Him Apart, Lewis Sorley, Historian

Over nearly four decades and three wars, Creighton Abrams demonstrated tactical and strategic brilliance, as well as personal bravery and integrity of the highest order.  In this talk, Lewis Sorley will explore the attributes that set Abrams apart.  A former soldier and civilian official of the CIA, Sorley holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and has served on the faculties of West Point and the Army College.  He is author of Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Timesand, most recently, Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam.


New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York. NY. US. 10024


Tickets required.  Tickets may be purchased through the New York Historical Society. Tickets are $60 per person.

Purchasing a Ticket:  Please purchase your ticket in advance by visiting or by calling the New York Historical Society call center at 212-485-9268.

The Call Center is open 9am–5pm daily. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating.



Jean Edward Smith

Jean Edward Smith

Lewis Sorley

Lewis Sorley - Dr. Lewis Sorley is an award winning author and military historian. His most recent book, Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2011. A form...