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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT FAR-REACHING IN-DEPTH BIOGRAPHY OF JEANE KIRKPATRICK, July 1, 2012
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Five EXCEPTIONAL Stars. Author and publisher Peter Collier has written an excellent, and first-time ever, biography of Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan's aggressive, decidedly anti-communist, and highly effective United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Based on numerous discussions over the years with Ms Kirkpatrick, access to her still-unpublished autobiography and many Kirkpatrick confidants, this biography is very detailed, wide-ranging, and ultimately an in-depth look at her life and times. Born in 1926 in Oklahoma, Jeane Duane Jordan rose from somewhat humble Oklahoma roots and worked her way through the educational advantages afforded a young single female to graduate from Barnard and Columbia, bolstered by trips to France. Married to a former intelligence officer, Evron "Kirk" Kirkpatrick, and a mother of 3, she wrote the momentous foreign policy essay Dictatorships and double standards: Rationalism and reason in politics that caught the interest of Ronald Reagan who invited her, a Democrat who later became Republican, to join his future administration. As a 'Reaganaut', she was also one of the most visible 'Reagan Democrats' during the campaign against President Carter. After the election and her appointment, the author describes how she revitalized and re-defined the roles and activities of the US ambassador. In this book, we meet persons such as "Fat" Jordan, Franz Neumann, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ralph Bunche, Hubert Humphrey, President Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, Daniel Moynihan, Charles Krauthammer, and the entire Reagan group of heavy hitters with whom she would forever be identified: Bush, Haig, Meese, Kissinger, Weinberger et al. And we get some inside looks at her style of UN internal negotiations in the midst of problem areas such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Israel, the Falkland Islands War, El Salvador, Grenada, NIcaraugra, et al. And we also see the in-fighting 'dustups' with Secretary of State Al Haig and others, as well as her life after the UN, including family health challenges and AEI. Author Peter Collier's book details one of US history's unique political characters, a mostly successful UN ambassador, and a trailblazing female ultimately reviled by some feminists, while being an important political figure respected by both associates and adversaries. My Highest Recommendation. Five INTERESTING Stars! (This review is based on a Kindle download, in text/text-to-speech modes: 368 pages with 17 photographs, ~1257 KB. Note: Her last book "Making War to Keep Peace: Trials and Errors in American Foreign Policy from Kuwait to Baghdad was published posthumously. )
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