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TCC Literary festival 2006

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KARL ZINSMEISTER - April 6, 7 p.m. - Reading, book signing - Virginia Beach Campus/Pungo Auditorium

KARL ZINSMEISTER is editor in chief of The American Enterprise (, a national magazine of politics, business, and culture based in Washington, D.C.


In addition to his extensive writings in The American Enterprise, he has published several books, including two influential Iraq War journals written during lengthy stints with U.S. troops in combat zones. Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq was the first book produced by an Iraq War embedded journalist, a selection of the Military Book Club, and went into multiple printings. Dawn Over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq is the definitive work describing the guerilla war and reconstruction in Iraq.

Zinsmeister’s new book-length comic—Combat Zone: True Tales of GIs in Iraq, which chronicles the actual heroics of American soldiers—was created at the invitation of Marvel Comics, and illustrated by Dan Jurgens of “Superman” fame.


Zinsmeister’s latest book—In Real Life: Powerful Lessons From Everyday Living—is a collection of remarkable true stories about work, friendship, and life-changing experiences, drawn from the lives of everyday Americans, with a foreword by Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

Zinsmeister is currently writing and producing a major film for PBS, called WARRIORS, that will profile the men and women in America’s fighting forces.

Along with his writing, editing, and filmmaking projects, Zinsmeister is the J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a major research institute located in our nation’s capital. His research has covered a wide range of topics, extending from economics to national security to cultural trends.

Zinsmeister’s work has been published in scores of magazines, from The Atlantic Monthly to Reader’s Digest, and in national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.


He is a graduate of Yale University and did further studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. During college he won national rowing championships in both the U.S. and Ireland. He was a U.S. Senate aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been an advisor to many research and policy groups, and has testified before Congressional committees and Presidential commissions numerous times.


He originated a weekly radio commentary on social trends syndicated nationally to 100 stations, has written newspaper columns for the United Feature Syndicate, and appears often on a variety of national television and radio programs.

Zinsmeister’s work has won many prizes, and been published abroad in Japanese, German, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, and other languages. A fifth-generation resident of his home county, he lives with his wife and three children in rural New York.

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Laurie White
Media Relations

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