Prince of the Global Village

VISIONARIES ARE POSsessed creatures, men and women in the thrall of belief so powerful that they ignore all else -- even reason -- to ensure that reality catches up with their dreams. The vision may be the glory-driven daring of a Saddam Hussein, who foolishly tried to extend his rule by conquest and plunder, or the seize-the-day bravery of a Boris Yeltsin, who struggled to free a society from seven decades of iron ideology. But always behind the action is an idea, a passionate sense of what is eternal in human nature and % also of what is coming but as...