Heffner Alumni House
19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
An Evening with Laban Coblentz
Rensselaer Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for
Policy and Planning
The Age of Deception:
Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
by Mohamed ElBaradei
Former Director General of the International
Atomic Energy Agency,
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and
Current Contender for the Presidency of Egypt
Coblentz, whom ElBaradei describes as his “chief
collaborator in the conceptual development and writing of this narrative,” worked
side by side with ElBaradei for eight years at the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), during which the IAEA became known for its investigation of suspected
clandestine nuclear programs in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, and elsewhere.
In 2005 the IAEA and Dr. ElBaradei were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Publisher’s Weekly describes The Age
of Deception: “In this spirited memoir ElBaradei recounts ferreting out the
nuclear secrets of the world’s most paranoid regimes, nerve-wracking adventures
full of intrigue, car chases, and Pyongyang’s grim hotel accommodations.
ElBaradei’s accounts of diplomacy are fascinating and rife with acerbic
portraits of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and other world leaders... The result
is a lively, acerbic take on recent geo-political confrontations that makes an
impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the
Coblentz will discuss the themes of the book and his time
with ElBaradei, including ElBaradei’s more recent role as an advocate of
democracy in the Egyptian revolution that has been a key component of this
historic “Arab Spring.”
Market Block Books of Troy, New York will be present at the
event with copies of the book available for sale.
Age of Deception was released in April by Metropolitan Books, a
division of Henry Holt. For more information and additional reviews of the
book, see the Macmillan website at: http://us.macmillan.com/theageofdeception.