The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

by Bartholomew Sparrow

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The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow

For more than thirty years, Brent Scowcroft has played a central role in American foreign policy. Scowcroft helped manage the American departure from Vietnam, helped plan the historic breakthrough to China, urged the first President Bush to repel the invasion of Kuwait, and worked to shape the West's skillful response to the collapse of the Soviet empire. And when US foreign policy has gone awry, Scowcroft has quietly stepped in to repair the damage. His was one of the few respected voices in Washington to publicly warn the second President Bush against rushing to war in Iraq.

The Strategist offers the first comprehensive examination of Brent Scowcroft's career. Author Bartholomew Sparrow details Scowcroft's fraught relationships with such powerful figures as Henry Kissinger (the controversial mentor Scowcroft ultimately outgrew), Alexander Haig (his one-time rival for Oval Office influence), and Condoleezza Rice (whose career Scowcroft helped launch—and with whom he publicly broke over Iraq).

Through compelling narrative, in-depth research, and shrewd analysis, The Strategist brings color and focus to the complex and often secretive nature of US foreign policy—an intellectual battlefield on which personalities, ideas, and worldviews clash, dramatically shaping the world in which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489632
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 654,085
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Bartholomew Sparrow is a professor in the department of government at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches American political development. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and has been awarded the Leonard D. White and the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha awards from the American Political Science Association. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Preface, ix

— PART I —
AIR FORCE OFFICER, 1
1. Junction City, 3
2. Surviving Hell on the Hudson, 13
3. Crash Landing, 24
4. Soldier-Scholar, 34
5. Blue Suiter, 48

— PART II —
THE NIXON AND FORD ADMINISTRATIONS, 1972–1977, 65
6. Military Assistant to the President, 67
7. Kissinger’s Deputy, 79
8. White House Under Siege, 98
9. SALT, Détente, and the Intelligence Wars of the Seventies, 112
10. Managing Failure: The Last Days of Vietnam, 131
11. We Mean Business, 156
12. National Security Advisor, 174
13. The Fixer, 189

— PART III —
THE CARTER AND REAGAN YEARS, 1977–1989, 201
14. Out on the Street, 203
15. The Scowcroft Commission, 220
16. A Watergate-Type Problem, 244

— PART IV —
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, 1989–1993, 263
17. Organizing Security, 265
18. The Pause: Preparing for Change, 292
19. Gardening in a Tempest ,314
20. Cold War Relics: Upheaval in Panama, Trouble in Afghanistan, 327
21. Blood on the Stones, 350
22. One Germany, 368
23. On-Ramp, 385
24. War in the Gulf, 410
25. End of Empir, 428
26. China Rising and the International Economy, 463
27. A New World Order—or the Resumption of History?, 479

— PART V —
CITIZEN-STATESMAN, 491
28. An Independent Voice, 493
29. The Broken Process, 511
30. Elder Statesman, 541
31. The Strategist, 555

Brent Scowcroft: A Timeline, 565
Acknowledgments, 571
Source Notes, 575
Index, 699
Photo insert between pages 262–263

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