Jim Mattis with Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Please note: This event was previously scheduled for July 22nd, but due to a change in the publication date of, Call Sign Chaos, the event has been rescheduled for September 16th.

Tonight General Jim Mattis (Ret.), the 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense (January 2017 until his resignation in December 2018) travels to Seattle to speak about his new book, Call Sign Chaos (Random House), an account of his leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, he recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. His appearance here marks a public return to the state he hails from, as he was born in Pullman, raised and educated in the Tri-Cities, and graduated from Central Washington University.

Joining Mattis in conversation this evening will be Rajiv Chandrasekaran who is a veteran journalist and author who now serves as a senior advisor to former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz. Rajiv was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades. During his newspaper career, he reported from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post's national editor and as an assistant managing editor.

In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice. He joined Starbucks in 2015 as senior vice president for public affairs and executive producer of company's social impact media initiatives.


Tickets include a copy of Call Sign Chaos and admit either one person ($35) or two people ($40) 


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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812996838
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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