Western Troika

The President, The Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World
by John O’Sullivan
Regnery, 2006
(360 pages, $27.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Joan Frawley Desmond

In The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister, John O’Sullivan, National Review editor at large and a veteran British journalist, describes the parallel and intersecting goals and experiences of John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher.

His special contribution is the juxtaposition of his protagonists’ inspired public moves with once secret commentary from Politburo meetings. He shows that while Western diplomats—in the Vatican as well as Washington—fumed at the displacement of a decades-old strategy of tolerant engagement with Moscow, Soviet . . .

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Joan Frawley Desmond is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family.

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