Few men have played such a critical role in the most pivotal
events of the second half of the twentieth century. In this audio presentation—in
his own words and his own voice—James A. Baker, III uses his unique perspective
to take us inside those events and the personalities involved in them: the
collapse of Communism, the Berlin Wall, and the Soviet Union itself; the
reunification of Germany; the remarkable negotiations behind the
coalition-building of the Gulf War; and the even more remarkable talks that led
Israelis and Arabs to the same conference table for the first time in decades.
But as the title indicates, this is also the story of the
rough-and-tumble politics of diplomacy and the personalities who have shaped
the world at the end of the century: Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Thatcher, Mitterrand,
Kohl, Shamir, Mubarak, Assad, Kings Fahd and Hussein, and Baker’s friend,
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
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