Alexander Haig

"Above everything else," writes Alexander Haig, "a servant of the President owes his chief the truth." In his forthcoming book, Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy, to be published this month by Macmillan, the former Secretary of State serves up the truth, at least as he sees it, with the bark off. He describes an Executive Branch marked by guerrilla warfare and backbiting, and portrays himself as an "outsider" up against "an Administration of chums."

This week, in its second and final excerpt from Caveat, TIME presents Haig's account of how the Administration handled a potentially cataclysmic trouble spot, Poland....

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