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FMU political science professor publishes book

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Kenneth Kitts, associate provost and political science professor at Francis Marion University, has published a book about blue-ribbon investigations of national security issues.

            The book, "Presidential Commissions and National Security: The Politics of Damage Control," is published by Lynne Rienner Publishers of Boulder, Colo.

            According to the publisher, "the book offers entry into the highly political, behind-closed-doors world of blue-ribbon investigative commissions convened in the aftermath of national security crises. Ranging from Pearl Harbor to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Kitts takes the reader into the backroom to watch as presidents, their advisers, and commission members confront an armory of pressures. With rich detail and accounts of political intrigue, he reveals just how and when presidents reach for the blue-ribbon option to try to defuse crises, deflect criticism, and maintain control of national security policy — and how presidential expectations are sometimes unmet, as commissions issue damning reports with unforeseen and explosive consequences."

            Kitts, a native of Waynesville, N.C., earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Appalachian State University, and the Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of South Carolina. He joined the FMU faculty in 1987 and was the university’s Distinguished Professor for 2002-03.

            The 210-page book sells for $49.95 and is scheduled to be released in January. It can be ordered at as well as through online retailers such as and

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Last Published: February 22, 2007 9:17 AM
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