A postscript to my post on the US and North Korea yesterday.
In a review of The State of Africa: The First Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith in the Financial Times (their Saturday magazine book review section is almost uniformly excellent), Paul Nugent writes:
“Some of of anecdotes are priceless. One of my favourites is the story of Richard Nixon flattering Mobutu in 1970: ‘I find in studying your administration that you not only have a balanced budget but a favourable balance of trade and I would like to know your secret before meeting with the cabinet.'”
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