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The American Secretaries of State and their diplomacy.
Bemis, Samuel Flagg, 1891-,
imprint
New York : Knopf, 1927-c1985.
description
20 v. : ports., maps
ISBN
0847671461 (v. 20)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Knopf, 1927-c1985.
isbn
0847671461 (v. 20)
general note
Vol. 1-10 [in 5], cop. 2, are Cooper Square reprint of Knopf edition.
Vol. 11-19 published by Cooper Square.
Vol. 11-20 edited by Robert H. Farrell.
Vol. 20- published by Rowman & Allanheld.
catalogue key
78160
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-01:
In analyzing Vance's tenure in the Carter administration as secretary of state from 1977 to 1980, McLellan (Miami University) lucidly portrays Vance's character and policies in several contexts: the diplomacy inherited from previous administrations; the actions of other nations over which the US often had no control; the roles of the ``four'' branches of American government; the leadership of President Carter, and relations among his top advisors, including Zbigniew Brzezinski. The substantive issues include SALT II, the Camp David accords, Rhodesian ``independence,'' South Africa, the fall of the Shah of Iran and of Nicaragua's Somoza, the Panama Canal Treaty, normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The bibliographic essay notes that this study became possible only after publication of two memoirs: Vance's Hard Choices (1983), written with research by a Foreign Service officer who had access to State Department records that will not become available to outside historians for another 20 to 30 years, and Zbigniew Brzezinski's Power and Principle (1983). Highly recommended for students at the upper-division undergraduate level and above in American diplomacy and government and international relations.-B.S. Roberts, formerly University of Connecticut
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Highly recommended.
McLellan provides us with a valuable survey of the Carter foreign policy and the positive influence Secretary Vance brought to it.
"Recommended."
[The book] is instructive on contemporary history-human as well as geopolitical-and on institutional dynamics.
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Choice, January 1986
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In this, the first serious biography of Cyrus Vance, the author challenges the belief that Carter-Vance foreign policy was ineffective. McLellan depicts Vance as a realistic and principled statesman who played a crucial role in such diplomatic successes as Salt II, the Camp David accords, and the Panama Canal Treaty.

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