Author to Present Ashbrook Lecture at Ashland University

10/4/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – Arthur Herman, Ph.D., a Pulitzer Prize Finalist biographer, regular columnist for the New York Post and New York Times best-selling author, will speak at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Oct. 25 at noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Herman will speak on the topic “Victory was our Business: American Capitalism and World War Two’s Arsenal of Democracy.”

Tickets for this event are $20 per person or a table of 8 for $160. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Ormiston at (419) 289-5429 or, or order online at

Herman is a New York Times best-selling author of books on world history, as well as many articles on American foreign and military policy. His newest book, “Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Built the Arsenal of Democracy That Won World War Two,” was published by Random House in May 2012.

Herman’s previous book, “Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age,” was one of the three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction in 2009. His “How the Scots Invented the Modern World,” published in 2001, was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller, and has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

He has published lead articles for Commentary magazine on Gitmo (June 2009), on the CIA (December 2009), on the U.S. Defense Department (“Robert Gates and the Re-Hollowing of the Military,” August 2010), and on the defense industry (“How Israel’s Defense Industry Can Help Save America,” December 2011).

He has spoken recently on “How To Fix a Broken Pentagon: The Lessons of World War Two” at the American Enterprise Institute, and on “Ideas in Action,” a PBS television program hosted by James Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute.

His essay “9/11 in Historical Perspective” appeared in “Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security,” edited by John Yoo and Dean Reuter, and published by Encounter Books.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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