When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

Southern Methodist University Thursday, Nov 30, 2017   |   12:30-2:00 PM   |  Jamail Room (MAI 212)

Please join us for a talk with Jeffrey Engel on his new book When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War, on November 30th at 12:30pm in the Main Building Jamail Room (MAI 212). Jeffrey Engel is an American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. This event, which is part of our series on the American Presidency and is co-sponsored by the UT Department of History, is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale following his talk. 

The end of the Cold War was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians. Not since FDR in 1945 had a U.S. president faced such opportunities and challenges.

As the presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning history, behind closed doors from the Oval Office to the Kremlin, George H. W. Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Distrusted by such key allies as Margaret Thatcher and dismissed as too cautious by the press, Bush had the experience and the wisdom to use personal, one-on-one diplomacy with world leaders. Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to push Iraq out of Kuwait. He managed to help unify Germany while strengthening NATO. Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and interviews with all of the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his hand on the tiller, guiding the nation through a pivotal time and setting the stage for the twenty-first century.

Jeffrey A. Engel, Ph.D., is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. The author or editor of nine books, he is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history.

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