National Security Experts


James Mann

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James Mann, author-in-residence at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, is a former Washington reporter, columnist and foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of four books: Beijing Jeep (Simon & Schuster, 1989), About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship With China (Knopf, 1999), the New York Times bestseller Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet (Viking, 2004), and The China Fantasy (Viking, 2007). His new book, The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War, was just published by Viking in March (2009). Mann's newspaper reporting was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize in 1999 for distinguished coverage of foreign policy and the Edwin M. Hood Award for diplomatic reporting. He has also contributed to the National Public Radio, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the Washington Post The book Beijing Jeep was included in Fortune Magazine's list of the 75 all-time "Smartest Books We Know." About Face won the New York Public Library Award for book of the year and was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize. Rise of the Vulcans was a finalist for the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award. The China Fantasy was listed as one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post and one of that year's ten best books about Asia by the Wall Street Journal. His writing was also included in The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly, a collection of the magazine's best articles from the past 150 years..Mann, who graduated from Harvard College, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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