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When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration

In his book “When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration,” Chase Untermeyer paints a colorful and insightful portrait of Washington at the beginning of the Reagan-Bush era. Untermeyer was a Texas state legislator when he was called to national service by his friend and mentor George H.W. Bush after the 1980 election. During his years in the White House, he saw firsthand how the Reagan administration grappled with the major national and international challenges it faced, and how Bush, Reagan and their top associates began asserting conservative principles on domestic and foreign affairs. His book captures not only the central events of the Reagan-Bush years but also the atmosphere, the key personalities, and the witty, trenchant and revealing things they said.

Chase Untermeyer began his service in Washington in January 1981 as executive assistant to then-Vice President Bush. Subsequently he was an assistant secretary of the Navy, a senior White House aide to President George H.W. Bush and director of the Voice of America. He later served as U.S. ambassador to Qatar. Now an international business consultant, he lives in Houston.

A book signing will follow the event. Copies of “When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration,” published by Texas A&M University Press, will be available to purchase courtesy of the Rice University Bookstore.


Featured Speaker

The Honorable Chase Untermeyer
Former Ambassador of the United States to Qatar


Welcoming Remarks

Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs, Rice University's Baker Institute






Wed, May 7, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

Kelly International Conference Facility