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Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World

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Acheson is the first comprehensive biography of the most important and controversial secretary of state of the twentieth century. More than any other of the renowned "Wise Men" who shaped America's vision of the world in the aftermath of World War II, Dean Acheson was the quintessential man of action, the driving force behind the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and NATO. James Chace has given us an important and dramatic work of history chronicling the momentous decisions, events, and fascinating personalities of the most critical decades of the American Century.

About the Author

James Chace is Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law at Bard College and the editor of World Policy Journal.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Custom of the Country

PART 1: A BOY'S LIFE

1. Et in Arcadia Ego
2. A World Apart
3. The Most Dashing of Yak Men
4. "This Wonderful Mechanism, the Brain"

PART 2: THE IMPERATIVES OF ACTION

5. The Heroes
6. "The Regular Connection of Ideas"
7. "A Low Life but a Merry One"
8. "Forces Stronger Than Reason"
9. Most Unsordid Acts
10. The New Economic World Order
11. "The Good Life Is Very Hard"

PART 3: FROM ALLIANCE TO COLD WAR

12. "An Armament Race of a Rather Desperate Nature"
13. No Grand Strategy
14. "A Graceful Way Out"
15. Risking War
16. "Clearer Than Truth"
17. Reveille in Mississippi
18. The Habit-Forming Drug of Public Life

PART 4: THE SECRETARY OF STATE

19. In Marshall's Chair
20. Letting the Dust Settle
21. "That Moment of Decision"
22. The German Question, the British Connection, and the French Solution
23. Putting Our Hand to the Plow
24. Situations of Strength
25. "An Entirely New War"
26. The Substitute for Victory
27. Entangling Alliances
28. Endgame
29. "That Candles May Be Brought"

PART 5: THE WARRIOR IN EXILE

30. Rejoining the Fray
31. "A Sort of Ancient Mariner"
32. "The Survival of States"
33. Contending with LBJ
34. Into the Quagmire
35. Seductions and Betrayals

Coda: "A Blade of Steel"

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674000810
Subtitle:
The Secretary of State Who Created the American World
Author:
Chace, James
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
Cabinet officers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
33 halftones and 1 map in a 16 page inse
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.64 lb

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