The Morass Engulfing Morrison Knudsen

As former National Security Advisers, Zbigniew Brzezinski and William P. Clark are no strangers to power struggles. Under Presidents Carter and Reagan, they proved formidable cold warriors. As outside directors at engineering and construction giant Morrison Knudsen Corp., Clark, backed by Brzezinski, masterminded the coup that ousted Chairman and CEO William J. Agee. But when it came time to rebuild deeply troubled MK, facing down the Russians almost seems easier. "I much preferred dealing with Brezhnev," says Brzezinski.

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