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Dr. Harlan Ullman on Why America Loses Every War It Starts

December 5, 2017

Dr. Harlan Ullman, Georgetown resident, discussed his latest book Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts with a capacity crowd on Thursday night at the City Tavern Club.


Dr. Ullman's book has been called a "must read" by former Secretaries of State General Colin Powell and Senator John Kerry and termed a combination of a Tom Clancy thriller with the gravitas of Karl Von Clausewitz by House of Cards creator Lord Michael Dobbs.

Dr. Harlan Ullman at City Tavern Club (Photo by: City Tavern Club) Dr. Harlan Ullman at City Tavern Club


The author points to the failure of presidents and administrations to use sound strategic thinking and have sufficient knowledge of the circumstances prior to deciding whether or not to employ force.


Recommended solutions begin with a "brains-based" approach to sound strategic thinking to address one of the major causes of failure--the inexperience of too many of the nation's commanders-in-chief. Ullman reinforces his argument through the use of autobiographical vignettes that provide a human dimension and insight into the reasons for failure.


An engaging speaker, Dr. Ullman regaled the audience with his engaging approach and in-depth understanding of recent military history. 

Dr. Ullman is a member of the City Tavern Club of Georgetown.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Dec. 10

December 4, 2017

Celebrate the season at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 10 starting at 5:00 pm with a beloved holiday service of readings and music in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge


Performed in the serene and radiant beauty of candlelight, the program will feature music by Rutter and Willcocks in addition to traditional Christmas carols for all to sing.


Free admission.

Early seating is advised.

Child care available.


St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 3240 O Street in Georgetown.

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Light Up The Season With Four Seasons Dec. 3

November 8, 2017

The Children's Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC invite you to Light Up the Season in support of Children’s National Health System on Sunday, December 3rd.


Light Up the Season is a family-friendly community fundraising event featuring designer-decorated holiday trees, menorahs, mantle pieces, and wreaths.  Each original piece is a unique collaboration between a patient of Children’s National and a notable area designer.


The afternoon will include activities for all ages—holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear.  Light fare and holiday libations will add to the festivities, as will musical performances by local artists and youth entertainers.  Guests are also invited to explore and participate in a silent auction featuring child/family retail items and unique experiences.  


The holiday decor will be on display throughout the hotel's public space from Friday, November 28 until Wednesday, December 20 and is available to purchase up until the Light Up the Season event on Sunday, December 3. 


For more information, including a full listing of sponsorship benefits, please click here.


To reserve your tickets today, please visit the Light Up The Season page here.

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