The Gentle Persuader

Much has been made of Secretary of State George Shultz's congenial, soft-spoken manner. Yet in five months on the job, he has done more than merely bring collegial calm to Foggy Bottom. On at least two occasions the methodical, low-key Secretary has persuaded President Reagan to modify deeply held policies.

As soon as he took office, Shultz set about refashioning U.S. policy in the Middle East. He and aides worked hard and quietly; at night their working papers were locked in Shultz's office safe to prevent leaks to the press. The Secretary made...

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