Acheson : the Secretary of State who created the American world /
James Chace.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1998.
497 p.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, c1998.
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TRIN copy missing the index.
TRIN copy: "Advance uncorrected reader's proof from Simon and Schuster".
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-494).
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
New York Times Notable Books of the Year, USA, 1998 : Won
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-06:
Chace (Henry Luce Professor in Freedom of Inquiry, Bard Coll.) begins his book with the early life of Dean Acheson in a small town in Connecticut. One might expect the chief architect of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War to be a conservative in his early years, but Acheson was almost the opposite. This irony and many others continued throughout Acheson's life. His initial goal was to be a promising labor attorney, and even as late as World War II, he longed to return to the practice of law. Yet he stayed on as undersecretary of state and later as secretary of state under Truman's second administration, and he would continue to advise later presidents until his death in 1971. Chace has done an excellent job of research and writing the story of Acheson's life; countless interviews and more than 50 pages of notes form the biography. It is difficult to separate someone of Acheson's caliber from an administration's foreign policy stance, yet Chace succeeds brilliantly. Recommended for public and academic libraries; scholars in the field shouldn't miss this one.ÄMark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ. Lib., Leesburg, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1998-07-06:
The blazing career of Dean Acheson (1893-1971), American statesman, secretary of state under Truman and political pragmatist par excellence, is vibrantly brought to life against the tumult of a rapidly changing political arena in this superbly written and erudite biography. The son of a Conn. Episcopalian clergyman, the obstreperous Acheson attended Groton (where he finished last in his class), then Yale College and Harvard Law School, and joined the Navy for the duration of WWI. After clerking for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Acheson, a staunch Democrat, entered government under the New Deal, becoming undersecretary of the Treasury in 1933. Though a legal dispute with FDR about the pricing of gold led to his resignation, he lobbied for FDR's reelection, worked for the State Department during the war and was appointed undersecretary of state by Truman, becoming instrumental in the implementation of both the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. Following Truman's upset reelection in 1948, he was named secretary of state, a job consumed by crisis: the creation of NATO, the Communist takeover of mainland China and the beginning of the Korean War. Leaving office in 1953 he became a senior statesman, urging JFK to appoint Dean Rusk as head of the State Department (which he came to regret), taking a hawkish stance on the Cuban missile crisis and advising LBJ on Vietnam, laying the foundations, Chace writes, "for the American predominance at the end of the 20th century." A professor at Bard College, Chace (The Consequences of Peace) commands this broad historical canvas‘which includes vivid portraits of FDR, Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Archibald MacLeish and Cole Porter‘with an expert hand.(Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Prologue: The Custom of the Country
A Boy's Life
Et in Arcadia Ego
A World Apart
The Most Dashing of Yale Men
"This Wonderful Mechanism, the Brain"
The Imperatives of Action
The Heroes
"The Regular Connection of Ideas"
"A Low Life but a Merry One"
S. "Forces Stronger Than Reason"
Most Unsordid Acts
The New Economic World Order
"The Good Life Is Very Hard"
From Alliance to Cold War
"An Armament Race of a Rather Desperate Nature"
No Grand Strategy
"A Graceful Way Out"
Risking War
"Clearer Than Truth"
Reveille in Mississippi
The Habit-Forming Drug of Public Life
The Secretary of State
In Marshall's Chair
Letting the Dust Settle
"That Moment of Decision"
The German Question, the British Connection, and the French Solution
Putting Our Hand to the Plow
Situations of Strength
"An Entirely New War"
The Substitute for Victory
Entangling Alliances
"That Candles May Be Brought"
The Warrior in Exile
Rejoining the Fray
"A Sort of Ancient Mariner"
"The Survival of States"
Contending with LBJ
Into the Quagmire
Seductions and Betrayals
Coda: "A Blade of Steel"
Selected Bibliography
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