A BETTER PEACE welcomes H.R. McMaster, retired Lieutenant General, former National Security Adviser, and accomplished author. On today’s episode he joins our own Michael Neiberg to discuss his writing process and research techniques as he wrote Dereliction of Duty and his newest book Battlegrounds. The conversation takes them on a tour of McMaster’s time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he transitioned from operational armored cavalry officer to PhD candidate. They share stories of their times studying with some of the greatest minds and mentors in the field of history and how that served him throughout his career.

I think that Dick Kohn understood what I needed coming into academia from the field, I needed to orient myself. So he put me and another army officer through kind of an academic boot camp in the summer. We had to read a book a week and write I think a two-page review on each book, which really teaches you how to write succinctly and concisely and analytically.

H.R. McMaster is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who served as the 26th United States National Security Advisor from 2017 to 2018. He is the author of two important books, Dereliction of Duty, and his latest book Battlegrounds. Michael Neiberg is the Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (Ret) speaks to students, staff, and faculty during a visit to U.S. Naval War (NWC) College in Newport, R.I in 2016.

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl

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