James Fallows Presentation: Are America's Best Days Behind Us?

James Fallows

Are America’s best days behind us?

Is the country, as some might say, “going to hell?”

These are questions that will be explored during a presentation by James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and commentator on American politics, technology and culture. The event is set for Sunday, Feb. 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ESRI Conference Center, 380 New York Street in Redlands.

Fallows, a Redlands native, brings a unique international perspective to the discussion. He has lived in England, Japan and China and written extensively about the national and international economies.

In a January 2010 cover article for The Atlantic, “After the Crash: How America Can Rise Again,” Fallows expresses optimism, outlining what he sees as the nation’s key strengths. At the same time, he expresses some concerns about America’s long-term staying power.

Fallows previously served as an editor of the Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly. From 1977 to 1979 he served as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speech writer. His book, National Defense, won the American Book Award in 1981.

Fallows also has worked as a software designer at Microsoft and from 1996 t0 1998 was an editor of U.S. News and World Report. More recently, he has written books including Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq, and Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China.

The event is part of a cultural series sponsored by the University of Redlands and ESRI through the Town and Gown organization.

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