About the Author
David M. Abshire, Ph.D., AuthorAmbassador David M. Abshire co-founded the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC with Admiral Arleigh Burke in 1962, and served as its chief executive for many years. He was the President and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, DC., and chaired the Richard Lounsbery Foundation of New York, which gives grants in the fields of science and education. A 1951 graduate of West Point, he served in the Korean War and later earned a doctorate in history at Georgetown University. Abshire served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations, and between 1983 and1987 he was the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. In December 1986, he became Special Counselor to the President at the depths of the Iran-Contra crisis, and was subsequently awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. Dr. Abshire was also the author of seven previous books.James Kitfield, EditorJames Kitfield is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and co-editor of the Center's Triumph & Tragedies of the Modern Congress and Triumphs & Tragedies of the Modern Presidency. He is also a contributing editor and former senior national security and foreign affairs correspondent at Atlantic Media Company. He has written on defense, national security, intelligence and foreign policy issues from Washington, D.C. for over two decades, publishing hundreds of magazine features and web stories and reporting from dozens of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa. His reporting from conflict zones such as the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan has won numerous awards, including the only three-time winner of the Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He is the author of three books on national security, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kitfield graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism. Evan Thomas, ForewordEvan Thomas is the bestselling author of nine works of nonfiction, including Being Nixon, Ike's Bluff, and The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson). Thomas was an editor, writer, and reporter at Newsweek for 24 years, where he was the author of more than a hundred cover stories. Thomas has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award. In 2005, his 50,000-word narrative of the 2004 election was honored when Newsweek won a National Magazine Award for the best single-topic issue. Thomas is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and has taught writing at Princeton and Harvard. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School.