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CLS Book Club – Special Guest Presents “Lessons From The Edge: A Memoir by Maria Yovanovitch”

May 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Join CLS Book Club for a discussion of the inspiring and urgent memoir by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Maria Yovanovitch, Lessons From The Edge, led by Jon Gundersen, retired U.S. diplomat to Ukraine.  This timely analysis will be the perfect springboard for a discussion about the climate of world affairs from a domestic and foreign lens. All are welcome to participate in CLS Book Clubs, no matter your reading progress! We encourage all to attend, whether you’ve finished the book, are thinking about starting it, or couldn’t make it past the half-way point. 

CLS Book Club is free and open to the public. All that is required is an RSVP.

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About the Book:
Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright

An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power.

By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.

A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.


May 25, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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