This week we're joined by Professor Patrick Vaughan of Jagiellonian University, the official biographer of former U.S. National Security Advisor and trusted confidant to multiple Presidents, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Don't worry—to make things easier on everyone, we shorten his name to "Zbig" but we still manage to mess that up too. Before a discussion of "Zbig" and his fight against the spread of Communism, we start with a quick history of Professor Vaughan's fights in a West Virginia Toughman Contest and his very respectable performance before being let down by contact lenses that just weren't tough enough. After that, it's masterclass in the post-World War II political landscape and how "Zbig" came to have the ear of the most powerful man in the world.
Being a bit of a Renaissance Man, Patrick has also produced a very interesting series of videos exploring topics at the intersection of history and culture—take a look:
Also, any students thinking about making trouble in Professor Vaughan's class better watch this first: