Brent Scowcroft was in the halls of power with Nixon, Haig, Kissinger, Ford, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and both Bush presidents. He was widely respected for his calm and bipartisan demeanor. He helped shape many key foreign policy decisions including the evacuation of Vietnam (a much bigger story than previously assumed and with a strange twist), the Mayaguez (a military failure trumphed as a patriotic demonstration of American power), nuclear negotiations and the fall of the eastern bloc (a situation he misjudged), and the wars in Iraq. The author of this authorized biography relates the personalities and interpersonal dynamics of egocentric and insecure Kissinger with the equally insecure Nixon. Nixon’s final year-and-a-half was so bad that Kissinger and Haig told the military not to obey Nixon’s orders unless they cleared them. Learn about how Cheney was once a positive and popular person within the White House but, during the George W. Bush years, as Scowcroft said, “I considered Cheney a good friend – I’ve known him for thirty years. But Dick Cheney I don’t know anymore.” Listen how Cheney set up his own government within the government with his own networks. Once again, Condoleeza Rice earns more respect than previously considered. Listen to many remarkable stories in this great study of contemporary American history witnessed firsthand by Brent Scowcroft.
Author: Bartholomew Sparrow
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