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George Bush, Brent Scowcroft

A World Transformed Translated from the English (United States) by Christian Cler, Michèle Garène, Patrice Jorland, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon.

It was one of the pivotal times of the twentieth century - during George Bush’s presidency an extraordinary series of international events took place that materially changed the face of the world. Now, former President Bush and his national secretary advisor, Brent Scowcroft, tell the story of those tumultuous years. Here are behind-the-scenes accounts of critical meetings in the White House and of summit conferences in Europe and the United States, interspersed with excerpts from Mr. Bush’s diary. We are given fresh intriguing views of world leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl, and François Mitterrand--and witness the importance of personal relationships in diplomacy. There is the dramatic description of how President Bush put together the alliance against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War. There are the intensive diplomatic exchanges with Beijing following the events of Tiananmen Square, and the intricate negotiations leading up to the German reunification. And there is the sometimes poignant sometimes grim portrayal of Gorbachev’s final years in power. A World Transformed is not simply a record of accomplishment; Bush and Scowcroft candidly recount how the major players sometimes disagreed over issues, and analyze what mistakes were made. This is a landmark book on the conduct of American foreign policy-- and how that policy is crucial to the peace of the world. It is a fascinating inside look at great events that deepens our understanding of today’s global issues.

George Bush was President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He lives in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine. Brent Scowcroft was National Security Advisor under Presidents Ford and Bush. He is president of The Scowcroft Group Inc., an international consulting firm, and president of the Forum of International Policy, a nonprofit foreign policy foundation, both based in Washington, D.C. He lives in Maryland.