James A. Baker III was the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world. Serving as a campaign manager, chief of staff, treasury secretary, and, ultimately, as secretary of state to Republican presidents Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, Baker’s career at the heart of government spanned a transformational period in America’s domestic politics and international relations. The New York Times’ chief white house correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser sit down with Council President Ivo Daalder to discuss the legacy of James A. Baker III, and how his favored style of pragmatic politics and consensus governance resonates in today’s divisive political climate.
Copies of Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s latest book, The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, are available for pre-sale from the Book Cellar.