BHA Lunch & Learn

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Featuring author & national security expert General Tata

Part of the Beaufort Historical Association’s mission is to educate, one way we accomplish that is our Living History program that runs from the starting spring months until the end of summer. As we gear up for this year’s Living History Series at the Beaufort Historic Site we invite you to join us at Clawson’s for this year’s Lunch and Learn! Thriller Fiction Author and Brigadier General (U.S. Army, Retired) Anthony J. Tata will be joining us for this year’s luncheon on March 1st to discuss his bestselling novels, including his newest novel Direct Fire, released December 2017.

Known on the book shelves as “A.J.” Tata, his work has been compared to Tom Clancy, with his novels being described as “fast-paced” and a “page turner.” It has been noted that General Tata’s knowledge of the military adds to the credibility of his writing.


“My reader is the reader who likes spy thrillers, who likes vigilante justice, who likes heroes who stand up truth to power, and stand up for what is right, for what Joe Six Pack believes is right”

-General Tata for the News & Observer


A.J. has more than three decades of public service as a military officer and in leadership roles at national and state levels. A.J. earned a Bachelor of Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Arts in International Relations at the Catholic University of America, a Master of Military Art and Science in Strategic Planning at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and was a National Security Senior Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Having served for 28 years in the military before retiring in 2009. General Tata served two tours of duty at Fort Bragg in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served as a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division and Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. Among his many accomplishments, Tata was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star.

Well known to North Carolina, General Tata served as the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation and as the Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. Currently A.J. is the National Security Expert for One America News Network and comments on foreign policy matters on dozens of networks including Fox News, CNN, CBS and the Daily Buzz.

The BHA is excited to host such an accomplished author and military veteran for this year’s Lunch & Learn. This event will take place at Clawson’s Thursday, March 1st at noon. Tickets for this event include the price of lunch and are $30. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot by calling 252-728-5225 or by stopping by the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street.