Academic journal article Military Review

A World Transformed

Academic journal article Military Review

A World Transformed

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A WORLD TRANSFORMED, George Bush and Brent Scowcroft, Vintage Books, NY, 1998, 590 pages, 1998, $16.00.

From 1989 to 1993, the nation watched-sometimes in horror, sometimes in awe-as critical events changed the world. We witnessed the brutality in China's Tiananmen Square. We celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were inspired as the world united to prevent a thug from taking over Kuwait.

A World Transformed, by President George Bush and Brent Scow-- craft, Bush's National Security Adviser, is the inside story of these major international events. The book is distinct from others of its type because it contains the personal recollections of two people instrumental in the events as they occurred.

A World Transformed is also full of examples of Bush's diplomatic skills, such as his handling of the Soviet Union's desire for Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. President Mikhail Gorbachev was under incredible pressure to come away from the May 1989 summit meeting with MFN status, or his reforms could collapse. …

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