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Turmoil and Triumph: Diplomacy, Power, and the Victory of the American Ideal Paperback – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684803321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684803326
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those rare memoirs that combine ease of reading, common sense, and substantive greatness. Much much easier to absorb that Henry's Kissinger's turgid prose.

Although no longer in print, there are a number of copies floating around, and as long as I was using the book for a new article on strategic intelligence, I thought I would offer up my notes from the flyleaf for the Amazon community. My page numbers are from the 1993 hard cover edition.

Secretary Shultz is a former Marine and says early on in the book that his wife is part of a "package deal."

Some extremely thoughtful views on competition in the information age, and very strong explicit angry statements against the "cult of secrecy." Clearly understands the revolution in communications and information technology. p 18

Has some real issues with flaws in raw open source information loaded with unfiltered bias. p. 26

First director of OMB, p. 29, does not evince concerns over the disappearance of the Management function over the years.

Crisis management still not making proper use of open sources of information including commercial imagery, p. 44

CIA under Bill Casey too independent and unreliable. p. 50

Diplomatic "gardening" consists of SecState visiting counterparts on their home turf. p. 128

Vatican intelligence, p. 150

Emphasis throughout on values, integrating cultural policy, cultural strategy, cultural warfare

Firehose of information, nothing offered by intelligence or by information technology managers helped deal with it. p. 272

CIA "wild plan" for Surinam, p. 297

CIA "out of control" in mining Nicaraguan harbors, p. 307

Faulty intelligence to the President, p.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Pisasale on July 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
George Shultz was one of the best Secretaries of State America has ever had. He was the foreign policy brains of the Reagan Cabinet- and President Reagan trusted him completely with many critical decisions which helped shape the Reagan Revolution and change the course of American foreign policy for years to come. Shultz is an extremely talented, intelligent, worldly wise economist (he has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago) who served as Labor Secretary for President Nixon and has advised many Presidents since then. His choice to be Reagan's Secretary of State (after Reagan relived Alexander Haig following his infamous "I'm in control" statement regarding Reagan's narrow esacpe from being assassinated) was one the best decisions he made as President.

Shultz discusses in detail his many foreign policy initiatives, their foundations, strategies and implementation. His interaction with Gromyko and other Soviet counterparts is legendary- his cool, calm demeanor during times when the Cold War could have erupted into a bomb-launching nihilist world campaign- caused even his detractors to admire him. In the PBS documentary on Reagan in their Presidential series, Shultz recalls the meeting Reagan had with Gorbachev at Rejkavic- and says the meeting which was then viewed as a disaster was actually a turning point in the Cold War. Reagan's steely resolve at Rejkavic, not agreeing to dump plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative (missile defense shield) was interpreted as a major accomplishment- but not until years later. It showed the Russians that Reagan was a tough, serious politician, principled, pragmatic and one with a solid, strong core set of values which he would not compromise. Shultz helped Reagan all along the way- and Reagan deeply appreciated his advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Petersen on December 26, 2012
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I found this book to be very informative. It was particularly enlightening on the subject of Reagan's philosophy re: nuclear disarmament. Very surprised and pleased to read that he considered the reduction of nuclear weapons the single most important objective of his or any other presidency.
On an unrelated note, I tried to send a gift copy of this book to a friend via Amazon. While I was billed for the book my friend never received his copy. Multiple attempts to get help from Amazon were of no avail.
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By ThePrize on July 13, 2014
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Met expectations.
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