Tuesday, September 22nd at 5 PM PST

Join the World Affairs Councils of Dallas Fort Worth and Orange County for a livestream event on:

Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

Lt. General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army, ret., the former National Security Advisor and author of the bestselling classic DERELICTION OF DUTY, presents his new book: BATTLEGROUNDS: The Fight to Defend the Free World.

BATTLEGROUNDS is a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security. Lt. Gen. McMaster offers a groundbreaking reassessment of America’s place in the world, drawing from his 34 years of service in the U.S. Army (with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas) and his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House.

Each event ticket includes

  • online access to the World Affairs Council’s live virtual event with H.R. McMaster, and
  • your copy of BATTLEGROUNDS with a bookplate signed by H.R. McMaster, available for pickup at or mailed to you by Interabang BooksPlease note: Because our event takes place on Tuesday, September 22, the book’s publication day, ticketholders’ signed copies to be mailed cannot be sent until the day of the event, nor can they be picked up in the store prior to Tuesday, September 22.

Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence, while threats to security, freedom, and prosperity, such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism, have grown.

In BATTLEGROUNDSMcMaster describes the efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was National Security Advisor. He provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries.

BATTLEGROUNDS: The Fight to Defend the Free World is also McMaster‘s call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.

H. R. McMaster, a native of Philadelphia, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He served as a U.S. Army officer for 34 years and retired as a lieutenant general in 2018. He remained on active duty while serving as the twenty-sixth assistant to the president for national security affairs. He is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. He is also the Susan and Bernard Liautaud Fellow at The Freeman Spogli Institute and Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves as chairman of the advisory board of the Center for Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Japan Chair at the Hudson Institute. He taught history at West Point and holds a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.