Shultz: Thinker and Doer

Low-keyed in style, and a master of conflict resolution

Several months ago, when one of Alexander Haig's periodic eruptions appeared to signal his imminent departure from office, George Shultz ran into an old friend from Nixon Administration days on a Washington street. "I think he's going to go," said the friend, Washington Lobbyist Charls Walker. "Who do you think they'll get?" asked Shultz. "You," answered Walker, with a laugh.

An academic turned industrialist who has held three Cabinet-level portfolios, Shultz would undoubtedly have been a prime candidate for any major post that fell vacant in the Reagan Administration. "I met no one in...

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