Fred Kaplan @ Louisville Main Public Library

Thursday, Jan. 31

Louisville Main Public Library
301 York St. • 574-1644
Free; 7 p.m.

Before he watched his career as director of the Central Intelligence Agency implode over his less-than-secret dalliance with a journalist, Gen. David Petraeus made a name for himself as the commander of operations in post-U.S. invasion Iraq and, later, Afghanistan. In his new book “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War,” Slate “War Stories” columnist Fred Kaplan offers a penetrating glimpse into the former general and his coterie of “soldier-scholars” and how they changed the bureaucratic culture within the military, and evolved the nation’s fighting forces to meet the threats posed by urban insurgents. With more than 20 years as a war correspondent and foreign affairs reporter, Kaplan will talk about his book at a free-but-ticketed event as part of the Authors at the Library series. —Jonathan Meador

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