For four decades, Brent Scowcroft has been a major player in formulating and executing US national security policy. In his new biography of the man he dubs “The Strategist,” author Bartholomew Sparrow chronicles Scowcroft’s rise and the lasting impact of his work. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Bartholomew Sparrow is a professor of Government at the University of Texas. His previous books include, From the Outside In: World War II and the American State, The Insular Cases and the Emergence of American Empire, and Uncertain Guardians: The News Media as a Political Institution. Sparrow has been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow and a Joan Shorenstein Center Fellow, and is the recipient of the Leonard D. White Award and the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the American Political Science Association. His recently released biography of General Scowcroft is titled, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security.