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

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Read When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Online Free - 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.

Title : When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
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ISBN : 0547423063
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


John Plowright rated it ★★★☆☆

November 08, 2017

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/But to be young was very heaven!” wrote William Wordsworth in response to the outbreak of the French Revolution, and those in the West who lived through the presidency of George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, were likely to have echoed that sentiment given th...

Dawn rated it ★★★☆☆

November 16, 2017

Mr Engel has written a very informative and interesting book about President HW Bush, it tells of the many highlights during his presidency and all the good things that happened during that period. It is in short a book written about him being under appreciated.

Shane rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

Fantastic. Portrayal of the first President Bush is a needed antidote to the chaos of the present. A politician who, although not above going negative during a campaign, was a class act. Perhaps the last gentleman to work in the Oval Office. Engel's treatment of Desert Storm is perhaps a bit too...

Sue rated it ★★★☆☆

December 26, 2017

Thank you to NetGalley for an e-ARC of this title. It took me awhile to get to it, because it wasn't available in my usual format. That said, it was an interesting book, and I enjoyed reading it. The general tone of the book is that former President Bush was underappreciated. I enjoyed the book,...

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