Magazine December 31, 2018, Issue

The Vision Thing

President George H. W. Bush, 1990 (Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
George H. W. Bush saw how to preserve American strength at a perilous time

Thirty years have passed since the end of the Cold War, and the experiences of those three decades have produced abundant criticism of how the United States handled the “unipolar moment” of American hegemony over the international order. President George H. W. Bush and his administration are now rightly praised for drawing the Cold War to a peaceful close and heading the international coalition that drove Iraq out of Kuwait during the Gulf War. Bush’s greatness in foreign policy derives in part from his tactical skill in reacting to events, but he was also guided by a tough-minded view of

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Books, Arts & Manners




Readers weigh in on Allen C. Guelzo’s “The Great War’s Great Price” and Kevin D. Williamson’s “Pillars of Fire.”
The Week

The Week

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The Long View

Holiday Revisions

From “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” words and music by Frank Loesser, with revisions and amendments by the women’s-studies department at Bard College...


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