James Baker

Premiered March 2015

James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work is the story of a remarkable politician and statesman who represents a time when a divided Congress got things done, and when presidents and politicians worked together. James A. Baker III, now 84, helped get three presidents elected, served in top posts for two of them, and was a central player in some of the most momentous events of the late 20th century. With candid testimony from Baker, and first hand accounts from Washington insiders, this film is an eye-opening behind-the-scenes story of power, persuasion and diplomacy at the highest levels.

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James Baker

Baker and Florida 2000

Baker’s most controversial role: chief strategist for George W. Bush in the 2000 election.

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Baker and Florida 2000

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James Baker

Baker's Appointment as Secretary-of-State

An early challenge for Baker as Secretary-of-State is ending the Cold War peacefully.

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Baker's Appointment as Secretary-of-State

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James Baker

Baker’s Effectiveness as Reagan’s Chief-of-Staff

Compromise, negotiation and charm were key in carrying out the “Reagan Revolution.”

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Baker’s Effectiveness as Reagan’s Chief-of-Staff

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James Baker

The Man Who Made Washington Work – Preview

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The Man Who Made Washington Work – Preview

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