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O’Reilly to present ‘Unexceptional’

Jan 26, 2009

Marc J. O' Reilly will conduct a lecture on his new book, "Unexceptional: America's Empire in the Persian Gulf, 1941-2007," in the Ohio Northern University James F. Dicke College of Business Administration's Dicke Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Sponsored by the Committee of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (CASE) of Ohio Northern University, the lecture is free and open to the public.

O'Reilly is an assistant professor of political science at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and originally hails from Canada. An expert in international affairs, O'Reilly co-authored the "Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy."

"Unexceptional" began as a doctorate dissertation in the late 1990s when O'Reilly wondered if American behavior in the Middle East could be considered imperial. America's imposing military presence, vested interest in Gulf hydrocarbons and political role in the Middle East, especially the Persian Gulf, allowed O'Reilly to make the case that America had created and evolved a regional empire comparable to the British, Ottoman and other previous empires.

The ONU bookstore has copies of "Unexceptional: America's Empire in the Persian Gulf, 1941-2007" available for purchase.