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Book Lecture – Potomac Fever: A Memoir of Politics and Public Service

Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a book lecture with

Hon. J. William Middendorf II
Chairman, Middendorf and Company, Washington, D.C.
Former Secretary of the Navy
Former Ambassador to the European Communities, the Organization of American States, and the Netherlands 

for his new book
Potomac Fever: A Memoir of Politics and Public Service

Thursday, September 15
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 

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About the Book

After a highly successful career in investment banking, J. William Middendorf became a leader of Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, and then served in a series of challenging public service appointments: Ambassador to The Netherlands, Secretary of the Navy, Ambassador to the Organization of American States, and Ambassador to the European Community.  His lively and revealing memoir is filled with behind-the-scenes tales – from his World War II Navy service, to his first job wearing a string of pearls in a bank vault, to a failed effort to bring a U.S.-style constitution to post-Soviet Russia, to behind-the-scenes efforts to forestall war in the Falklands and to counter growing Communist control of the island of Grenada.

About the Author

J. William Middendorf II served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan Administrations.  He chairs the Defense Forum Foundation and the Committee on Monetary Research and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Heritage Foundation.  He previously authored A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater’s Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement.