About this episode

November 22, 2017

Jeffrey Engel

Hosted by Douglas Blackmon

When President George H.W. Bush was inaugurated on January 20, 1989, he began a presidency defined by a reordering of the world. The Cold War came to an end, leaving Russia with an uncertain future. A rising new China cracked down on pro-democracy protestors at Tiananmen Square. Detractors deemed the first President Bush too cautious to deal with such staggering change. Admirers saw him as prudent and respectful of crucial international norms. That was four presidencies ago. Today our relationship with Russia is deeply strained. We face the threat of a nuclear North Korea. And at home, we are bitterly divided. So did George H.W. Bush save the world or allow it to fall apart? Joining us in this week’s episode is JEFFREY ENGEL, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and the author of the recently released book When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War—an intimate portrait of a president and a singular moment in the history of democracy.

The Presidency

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