Program | Talk to the Author – “Japan Restored” – Mar 15

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features an interactive phone conference with authors of global affairs related books. We thank WACA for its support and we are pleased to share this program with you as a benefit of your affiliation with the Tennessee World Affairs Council. 



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Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.

Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation.

March 2016 Cover to Cover


Cover to Cover in March will present New York Times bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz on his new book Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the Worldon Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00-1:30 PM CT

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How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World.

In 1979, the book Japan as Number One: Lessons for America by Harvard University professor Ezra Vogel caused a sensation in the United States by pointing out that Japan was surpassing America as world economic leader; the book remains to this day the all-time bestseller in Japan of non-fiction by a Western author. The book was timely: Japan’s subsequent “bubble era” of the 1980s saw the country booming. But since the economic bubble burst at the start of the 1990s, Japan has been in decline.

Japan Restored by Clyde Prestowitz, taking up Vogel’s baton, is written as a vision of Japan in the year 2050, when the country’s economic recovery has made it a world leader in every area of human endeavor. Prestowitz looks back to the present year as such a low point for Japan that a special reform commission was set up that helped the country regain its former position as a leader in technology, in business, and geopolitically. Looking at education, innovation, the role of women, corporate organization, energy, infrastructure, domestic government, and international alliances Prestowitz draws up a fascinating and controversial blueprint for the future success of Japan.

As the eyes of the world turn towards Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics, Japan Restored is as timely as the 1979 Vogel book that inspired it.



Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. He has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. He is the author of many books including Trading Places(1988)which revolutionized the thinking about Japan’s economic miracle and its relationship with the United States.

January 2016 Cover to Cover


January’s Cover to Cover  featured Thomas W. Lippman on his new book  Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World. Published January 2016

Lippman was a featured speaker at WACA’s 2015 National Conference. He is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.- Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. He is a former Middle East bureau chief for The Washington Post, and author of numerous articles and books.

“Tom Lippman has provided the foundation for understanding what is happening [in the Middle East] today from the rise of ISIS to the collapse of the Arab Spring. And as an added benefit it is a good read for expert and novice alike.”—Edward S. Walker, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

November 2015 Cover to Cover

November 2015 – Cover to Cover – WACA’s November Cover to Cover Author Series featured Rena Pederson, award-winning journalist and former speechwriter for the Department of State on  The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The call will take place on Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Rena Pederson, is a faculty member at Southern Methodist University. She previously served as Director of Communications for the National Math and Science Initiative and as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at the U.S. Department of State, serving as a senior speechwriter. Pederson received national recognition for her role as a Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. She was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years and is the author of three books; her book “What’s Next?” was featured on the Oprah Winfrey television show.
Other 2015 Cover to Cover Featured Books and Authors

October 2015 Cover to Cover: The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization

Author Steven R. Weisman is the Vice President at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

September 2015 Cover to Cover: Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 

Author Robert Jordan is a diplomat in residence at the Middle East Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

August 2015 Cover to CoverThe Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

Author Dominic Tierney is a professor and contributing author to The Atlantic.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

July 2015 Cover to CoverJewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran

Author Nina Ansary is an Iranian-American historian and journalist most known for her work on gender equality in Iran.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

June 2015 Cover to Cover: Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

Author Walter Laqueur is a historian and political commentator.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

May 2015 Cover to Cover: Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars
Author Chris Woods is an investigative journalist and former senior BBC Panorama producer.Listen to a recording of the call here.
April 2015 Cover to CoverThe Powerhouse

A Financial Times Top 15 Pick of 2015

Author Steve LeVine is the Washington Correspondent for Quartz.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

March 2015 Cover to CoverBack Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotitations between Washington and Havana

A Foreign Affairs Book of the Year

Author Peter Kornbluh is a Senior Analyst and Director of the Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects at the National Security Archive.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

February 2015 Cover to Cover: Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

New York Times Editor’s Choice

Author Sarah Chayes is a Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

January 2015 Cover to CoverOnce Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story

Author Thanassis Cambanis is a journalist specializing in the Middle East and American foreign policy and a fellow at The Century Foundation.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

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