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The Man Who Ran Washington

The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
Lu par : Michael Quinlan
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From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.

For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. The Man Who Ran Washington is a pause-resisting portrait of a power broker who influenced America's destiny for generations.

A scion of Texas aristocracy who became George H. W. Bush's best friend on the tennis courts of the Houston Country Club, Baker had never even worked in Washington until a devastating family tragedy struck when he was 39. Within a few years, he was leading Gerald Ford's campaign and would go on to manage a total of five presidential races and win a sixth for George W. Bush in a Florida recount. He ran Ronald Reagan's White House and became the most consequential secretary of state since Henry Kissinger. He negotiated with Democrats at home and Soviets abroad, rewrote the tax code, assembled the coalition that won the Gulf War, brokered the reunification of Germany, and helped bring a decades-long nuclear superpower standoff to an end. Ruthlessly partisan during campaign season, Baker governed as the avatar of pragmatism over purity and deal-making over division, a lost art in today's fractured nation.

His story is a case study in the acquisition, exercise, and preservation of power in late 20th century America and the story of Washington and the world in the modern era - how it once worked and how it has transformed into an era of gridlock and polarization. This masterly biography by two brilliant observers of the American political scene is destined to become a classic.

©2020 Peter Baker (P)2020 Random House Audio


"A fascinating look at political power." (The New York Times)

“Nobody was better at getting things done than James A. Baker. In a book that is at once fascinating, coolly revealing, and at moments touching, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser have given us a biography worthy of one of the most important figures of the late American Century. If you want to understand power in Washington - or anywhere, for that matter - this is the book for you.” (Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, authors of The Wise Men)

"To capture the sweep and relevance of one of the most influential figures in American life requires two of the great reporters and observers of our time. Peter Baker and Susan Glasser have written a grand, precise, and engaging American tale that gallops from Houston Country Club to the convention floor, to the Oval Office and all over the globe, capturing James Baker’s ambition, influence, and style as well as telling the story of power and America at the end of an age.” (John Dickerson, author of The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency)

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  • pat legg
  • 08/10/2020

Amazing life story

So very glad I decided to listen. As I look back at those times they seemed very different. Experiencing the up and down economy, wars and political strife in person. It is nice to meet the men behind it. Once again the world through the filter of the media. Thank you for sharing. Some of us are meant to be the supporting cast, albeit the true power brokers. A heartfelt thank you for your dedication Mr. Baker.

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  • Ricky L Verret JD
  • 04/10/2020

Will become a classic governance, history & political must read resource

As a lifelong amateur student of politics and history, I am compelled to attentively listen to this pleasant and insightful recount of events I contemporaneously followed in news accounts of the day. Having been an undergraduate student of History and Political Science during the Reagan era, this book invokes in me a feeling of nostalgia as it triggers vivid and precise recall of the news events I experienced in real time. My sense is that this publication will become a classic, must read resource applicable to study disciplines such as American History, Political Science, and Public Administration.