James Baker — U.S. secretary of state, treasury secretary and presidential advisor — has been called Washington’s “Miracle Man” for his uncanny ability to solve problems that seem insurmountable. Throughout the decades, Baker’s savvy, practical approach to deal-making led to triumphs on both the foreign and domestic stages. Whether negotiating on Capitol Hill or at an international conference, Baker demonstrated the importance of working with his opponents and creating coalitions. He also surrounded himself with a top-notch team of experts to help him achieve his challenging goals. Perhaps his greatest achievement as secretary of state was helping to bring a peaceful conclusion to the Cold War. But Baker was not always a beacon of compromise. As a political tactician, he was devoted to winning at all costs — a strategy that made him instrumental during several presidential campaigns.