The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III Audiobook, by Peter Baker Play Audiobook Sample

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III Audiobook

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III Audiobook, by Peter Baker Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Michael Quinlan Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 17.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 13.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593169452

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69:57 minutes

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18 seconds

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46:56 minutes

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From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.

For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. The Man Who Ran Washington is a page-turning portrait of a power broker who influenced America's destiny for generations.

A scion of Texas aristocracy who became George H. W. Bush's best friend on the tennis courts of the Houston Country Club, Baker had never even worked in Washington until a devastating family tragedy struck when he was thirty-nine. Within a few years, he was leading Gerald Ford's campaign and would go on to manage a total of five presidential races and win a sixth for George W. Bush in a Florida recount. He ran Ronald Reagan's White House and became the most consequential secretary of state since Henry Kissinger. He negotiated with Democrats at home and Soviets abroad, rewrote the tax code, assembled the coalition that won the Gulf War, brokered the reunification of Germany and helped bring a decades-long nuclear superpower standoff to an end. Ruthlessly partisan during campaign season, Baker governed as the avatar of pragmatism over purity and deal-making over division, a lost art in today's fractured nation.

His story is a case study in the acquisition, exercise, and preservation of power in late twentieth-century America and the story of Washington and the world in the modern era--how it once worked and how it has transformed into an era of gridlock and polarization. This masterly biography by two brilliant observers of the American political scene is destined to become a classic.

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“A biography worthy of one of the most important figures of the late American Century. If you want to understand power in Washington—or anywhere, for that matter—this is the book for you.”

— Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author 


  • “A fascinating look at political power.”

    — New York Times
  • “A masterly biography.”

    — The Guardian (London)
  • “Among the very best books about American political life in the late 20th century.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A master class in political biography.”

    — The Economist (London)
  • “An epic study of how one brazen Texan married the crude American political power dynamic with old-fashioned velvet diplomacy to help win the Cold War. A stunning achievement.”

    — Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author


  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Authors

Peter Baker is the senior White House correspondent for the New York Times and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Breach, about Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and Kremlin Rising, about Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with his wife, Susan Glasser.