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Colin Powell may not be a first-team member of the George W. Bush administration rogues gallery, but he wasn’t exactly marginal. For all the intrigues that pitted the folk-hero Secretary of State against Voldemortian colleagues like Donald Rumsfeld, it’s easy to forget that it was Powell who went to the U.N. to make the phony case for an invasion—and Powell who might just have derailed things by quitting in protest. But why resign to protect your reputation when a forgetful nation will do that for you? To wit: Powell, who’s already written a memoir, is out with a new book of leadership advice learned on his journey from the South Bronx to a four-star general to Foggy Bottom. Among the lessons: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier,” “Share credit,” and “Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” Sounds good to me! Now, then: About those WMDs…
Colin Powell discusses his book with NPR’s Robert Siegel at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. This event has sold out. sixthandi.org. (202) 408-3100.