An excellent read about the shape of things to come in the world, American electoral politics, China and Tony Blair. When they do these well, as they have this week, this FT feature is one of the best reads in newspaper journalism.
“For most people in their eighties, life is a gradual winding down. For Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the key architects of Americaâ€™s cold war strategy â€“ â€œJimmy Carterâ€™s Kissingerâ€, as he was once called â€“ being 83 isnâ€™t much different from 43. Brzezinski plays singles tennis every day â€“ â€œone of my partners is older than me,â€ he tells me with some amusement. At the crack of dawn he is often found opining trenchantly on Morning Joe, the MSNBC daily news show co-hosted by his daughter Mika. And he remains a much sought-after adviser to secretaries of state and presidential candidates, includingÂ Barack Obama, though nowadays Brzezinski finds it hard to conceal his disappointment with his former mentee. â€œIâ€™m all in favour of grand important speeches but the president then has to link his sermons to a strategy,â€ Brzezinski says. â€œObama still has some way to go.â€