Donald J. Johnston is the former secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He lives in Montreal.
"A stimulating testimony by one of the most important actors on the global stage at the turn of the millennium. Is it, as Johnson says, a `true but tragic story?' I am not as pessimistic, but only because I expect his lucid account will help redress a very challenging and demanding global situation." Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank
"Read it and weep! Don Johnston has written what he rightly calls the `true but tragic story' of how the United States and its allies squandered their chance to build a better world in the 1990s. Published as Donald Trump takes office, this compelling memoir by the former secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will be painful reading. It's a story of bungled opportunities to draw Russia, Turkey, and other problem nations of the twenty-first century closer to the West. Most of all, Missing the Tide is the sad story of how the United States lost its luster as a true superpower, `magnanimous and fair.' All the wisdom that Johnston accumulated in his ten years of running the OECD is shared in this book to help leaders catch the tide if it ever returns." David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post