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March 21, 2003

ULM Graduate Marks the First of Many Speakers for ULM's Presidential Speaker Series

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will begin its Presidential Speaker Series this month when it presents Robert Mann, ULM graduate and U.S. Senate aide for Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. The series is designed to bring high caliber speakers to ULM and the Monroe community.

Mann also writes about Louisiana politics for the Shreveport (La.) Journal and The (Monroe, La.) News-Star.

Mann is the author of "A Grand Delusion: America's Descent into Vietnam," a critically acclaimed political history of the Vietnam War. In a review, The New York Times called it "appealingly accessible" that Mann turns complicated history into a vivid and engaging story. In its review of the book, The Washington Post called Mann an authority on the modern U.S Congress. The Denver Post observed that Mann "has permanently altered the landscape of serious scholarly debate on the topic that draws passionate attention from all walks of American life."

Mann is also the author of: "The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights," a widely praised political history of the civil rights movement; "Legacy to Power," a biography of Senator Russell Long; and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Cold War."

Mann is currently state director for U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. From 1992 to 1999 he was Breaux's Louisiana press secretary.

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