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After a highly successful career in investment banking, J. William Middendorf became a leader of Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, and then served in a series of challenging public service appointments: Ambassador to The Netherlands, Secretary of the Navy, Ambassador to the Organization of American States, and Ambassador to the European Community. His lively and revealing memoir is filled with behind-the-scenes tales – from his World War II Navy service, to his first job wearing a string of pearls in a bank vault, to a failed effort to bring a U.S.-style constitution to post-Soviet Russia, to behind-the-scenes efforts to forestall war in the Falklands and to counter growing Communist control of the island of Grenada.
J. William Middendorf II served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan Administrations. He chairs the Defense Forum Foundation and the Committee on Monetary Research and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Heritage Foundation. He previously authored A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater’s Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement.
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