[email protected]: James Traub
Author James Traub visits Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to discuss his book "The Freedom Agenda". This event took place on October 16, 2008, as part of the [email protected] series. The Freedom Agenda traces the history of Americas democratic evangelizing. James Traub describes the rise and fall of the Freedom Agenda during the Bush years, in part through interviews with key administration officials. He offers a richly detailed portrait of the administrations largely failed efforts to bolster democratic forces abroad. In the end, Traub argues that democracy matters—for human rights, for reconciliation among ethnic and religious groups, for political stability and equitable development—but the United States must exercise caution in its efforts to spread it, matching its deeds to its words, both abroad and at home. James Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has written four books, including The Devils Playground and The Best Intentions (FSG, 2006). He lives in New York City.