When the World Seemed New by Jeffrey A. Engel
George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

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...is an assiduous researcher and vivid writer who has conducted numerous interviews with leading Bush administration officials. To read his account of the administration’s foreign policy is to yearn for an earlier era of American diplomacy...
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Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, here is the untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history—the end of the Cold War.

The end of the Cold War was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians. Not since FDR in 1945 had a U.S. president faced such opportunities and challenges.

As the presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning history, behind closed doors from the Oval Office to the Kremlin, George H. W. Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Distrusted by such key allies as Margaret Thatcher and dismissed as too cautious by the press, Bush had the experience and the wisdom to use personal, one-on-one diplomacy with world leaders. Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to push Iraq out of Kuwait. He managed to help unify Germany while strengthening NATO. Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and interviews with all of the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his hand on the tiller, guiding the nation through a pivotal time and setting the stage for the twenty-first century.
 

About Jeffrey A. Engel

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Jeffrey A. Engel teaches history and public policy at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government & Public Service and is associate director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of "Cold War at 30,000 Feet".
 
Published November 7, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 629 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jacob Heilbrunn on Dec 08 2017

...is an assiduous researcher and vivid writer who has conducted numerous interviews with leading Bush administration officials. To read his account of the administration’s foreign policy is to yearn for an earlier era of American diplomacy...

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