©2009 James A. Baker III; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Former Secretary of State Baker's memoirs offer an engaging and candid behind-the-scenes look at the conduct of U.S. foreign policy during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history." (Library Journal)
Yes, and I have. Secretary Baker was Americas chief diplomat during a very pivotal time in recent American diplomatic history. It is very interesting to hear Secretary Baker's discussion of the Soviet Coup, Iraq War (Desert Shield/Storm) and efforts at Middle East peace.
Secretary Baker... as the story revolved around him... lol It was interesting to get a more personal take on Mr. Gorbachev and Mr. Sheverdnadze, as well as a personal account from that critical period.
I have seen several interviews... he strikes me as a very thoughtful man with some a keen sense of insight. This book ranks on par with the others.
I would not say an 'extreme' reaction... I have listened to it twice, and find the account to be very interesting. I expect to listen to it again at some point in the future.
The only reason that I gave this four stars instead of five, is that it could have been organized a bit better (perhaps more chronlogically). It seems to start with Iraq, and then return to it a second time.
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