Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni to speak at Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG – Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni will appear at Williamsburg Lodge for a talk and a book signing on Sept. 22, Colonial Williamsburg announced this week.

Zinni is scheduled to sign copies of his new book, "Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield," beginning at 11 a.m. The book is set to be released Sept. 2; copies will be available for purchase at the event.

A luncheon and talk will follow the book signing; tickets are $55 and can be purchased at or by calling 855-296-6627. According to the announcement, Zinni's talk will address "how and when America should use force on the world's stage and examine the decision-making process for taking military action, the current national ideology and the interwoven relationship between politics and the military."

Zinni retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 after a distinguished career in the military, during which he received more than 20 personal service awards. He has since served as a special envoy via the U.S. Department of State to the Middle East, as well as in support of peace efforts in Sudan, Indonesia and the Philippines, and is a distinguished senior advisor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Zinni's service includes time spent as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, commanding general of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, deputy operations officer of the U.S. European Command and infantry battalion advisor during the Vietnam War. He has also been a teacher and lecturer at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Military Institute, the U. S. Naval Academy, the Joint Forces Staff College and other institutions.