Elizabeth D. Samet received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD in English literature from Yale University. She is the author of No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America (Macmillan); Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Picador), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and was named one of The New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2007; and Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776–1898 (Stanford University Press). Her essays and reviews have been published in various venues, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. Samet is a professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. She speaks often to both civilian and military audiences on the role of literature in shaping future military officers, and she was a member of the United States Army chief of staff’s 2011–2012 task force on leader development. She has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, and the BBC World Service.
Granted: The Best
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