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August 12, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg Speaker Series Welcomes Gen. Anthony Zinni Sept. 22

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Retired U. S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni will speak at a luncheon Monday, Sept. 22 at the Williamsburg Lodge, located at 310 S. England St.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Zinni will sign copies of his new book, “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield,” due to be released Sept. 2. He will discuss how and when America should use force on the world's stage and examine the decision-making process for taking military action, the current national ideology, and the interwoven relationship between politics and the military.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for book signing, and books will be available for purchase. Luncheon begins at noon, followed by the address and Q&A session.

Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Cost of the event is $55. Tickets are available by calling 855-296-6627 or visiting

Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 2000, Zinni served as U.S. Department of State special envoy to the Middle East and in support of peace efforts in Indonesia, the Philippines and Sudan. His military career includes service as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, commanding general of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, deputy operations officer of the U.S. European Command and infantry battalion advisor during the Vietnam War. He has received numerous military honors and more than 20 personal service awards including the Defense and Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Zinni has been a teacher and lecturer at numerous institutions including the College of William & Mary, Virginia Military Institute, the U. S. Naval Academy and the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a distinguished senior advisor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and serves on numerous corporate, national policy institute and military association boards and recently joined Colonial Williamsburg’s board of trustees. He also serves as a consultant and public speaker on a variety of subjects including defense, national security, foreign policy, strategic planning and business development.

Zinni holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina University.

Media Contact:
Barbara Rust Brown