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A World Transformed - the Collapse of the Soviet Empire

Bush, George and Scowcroft, Brent

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ISBN 10: 0679451552 / ISBN 13: 9780679451556
Published by Random House Audio Books, N . Y., 1998
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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X-Library-------2 cassettes------ 3 hours.The plastic cover has light wear. Bookseller Inventory # BT 00431

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Title: A World Transformed - the Collapse of the ...

Publisher: Random House Audio Books, N . Y.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Cassettes

Illustrator: Cover Art

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Abridged.

Book Type: Cassettes

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2 cassettes / 3 hours
Read by George Bush, Brent Scowscroft, and Condoleeza Rice

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 security advisor, Brent Scowscroft, tell the story of those tumultuous years.

Here are behind-the-scenes accounts of critical meetings in the White House and of summit conference in Europe and the United States, interspersed with excerpts from Mr. Bush's diary.  We are given intriguing views of world leaders such as Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Thatcher, Kohl, and Mitterand - and witness the importance of personal relationships in diplomacy. There is the dramatic descriptions of how President Bush put together the alliance against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.  There are the intricate negotiations leading up to German unification.  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 Scowscroft candidly recount how the major players sometimes disagreed over issues, and analyze what mistakes were made.  This is a landmark audiobook on the conduct of American foreign policy - and how that policy is crucial to the peace of the world.  

A fascinating inside look at great events that deepens our understanding of today's global issues.


Former U.S. president George Bush sounds relaxed and reinvigorated as he recounts the major events of the first two years of his presidency, 1989-1991. Those were remarkable times, encompassing the end of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and the Gulf War, and his voice captures his own wonder that they happened on his watch and that he successfully dealt with them. Brent Scowcroft, Bush's national security advisor, also narrates parts of the tape, explaining his big-picture take on events that Bush relates on a more personal level. Other parts of A World Transformed, those involving neither author's point of view, are read by Condoleeza Rice, former special assistant to the president for the Soviet Union. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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