Alexander M. Haig, Jr., was unique among Cold Warriors. His resume spanned the spectrum of that ﬁfty-year conﬂict, from the heat of battle in Korea and Vietnam to the lukewarm Nixon détente to the deep freeze of Reagan’s ﬁrst term.
Only an outsized and dominating personality could have enjoyed such a complex career. Predictably, Haig left controversy in his wake. And in death, as in life, the General has gotten mixed reviews. But too many obituaries have mistaken ﬁction for fact, caricature for reality, and score-settling for history. Hopefully, this personal memoir will clarify a few matters. General Haig’s patriotism deserves no less.