Decorated military leader, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a luncheon event and book signing on Friday, May 31st, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
In his 37 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Admiral McRaven commanded at every level. His final assignment as a Four-Star Admiral was Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces, during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. Admiral McRaven is credited with organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. He also commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Richard Phillips.
Admiral McRaven is a distinguished national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He has been recognized for his leadership numerous times by national and international publications and organizations. He was the first runner-up for TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2011 and has received the Republic of France’s Legion d’Honneur, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s National Award and the National Intelligence Award, among others.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Admiral McRaven served as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, where he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Make Your Bed. Copies of his new book, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, detailing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL and Commander of America’s Special Operations Forces, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
On Monday, June 10th, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will close its 2018-2019 Season with an event featuring American journalist and biographer Susan Page. The noon event and book signing will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
Susan is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. She has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has also interviewed the past nine presidents from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump—and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries.
Her most-recent book, The Matriarch, is a vivid, immersive biography of political powerhouse, Bush family matriarch, former First Lady and celebrated public servant Barbara Bush – one of the most storied women in American political history. Based on five extensive interviews with Barbara Bush in the last six months of her life, her private diaries, as well as interviews with three former presidents, and over 100 Bush family members, friends and former aides, The Matriarch is the ultimate look into the remarkable life of the woman who was at the center of American life for decades. Copies of The Matriarch will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with The Palm Beach Bookstore.