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Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War

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Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era--the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging from the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO.

In this acclaimed biography, Robert L. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half-century. In a book filled with insight based on research in government archives, memoirs, letters, and diaries, Beisner illuminates Acheson's major triumphs, including the highly underrated achievement of converting West Germany and Japan from mortal enemies to prized allies, and does not shy away from examining his missteps. But underlying all his actions, Beisner shows, was a tough-minded determination to outmatch the strength of the Soviet bloc--indeed, to defeat the Soviet Union at every turn. The book also sheds light on Acheson's friendship with Truman--one, a bourbon-drinking mid-Westerner with a homespun disposition, the other, a mustachioed Connecticut dandy who preferred perfect martinis.

Over six foot tall, with steel blue, "merry, searching eyes" and a "wolfish" grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character--intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colorful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.

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Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era--the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging from the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO.

In this acclaimed biography, Robert L. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half-century. In a book filled with insight based on research in government archives, memoirs, letters, and diaries, Beisner illuminates Acheson's major triumphs, including the highly underrated achievement of converting West Germany and Japan from mortal enemies to prized allies, and does not shy away from examining his missteps. But underlying all his actions, Beisner shows, was a tough-minded determination to outmatch the strength of the Soviet bloc--indeed, to defeat the Soviet Union at every turn. The book also sheds light on Acheson's friendship with Truman--one, a bourbon-drinking mid-Westerner with a homespun disposition, the other, a mustachioed Connecticut dandy who preferred perfect martinis.

Over six foot tall, with steel blue, "merry, searching eyes" and a "wolfish" grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character--intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colorful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.

About the Author

Robert L. Beisner is Professor of History Emeritus at American University. A former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Definitions of Acronyms and Abbreviations

1. Introduction: "The Shiniest Fish that Ever Came Out of the Sea"

Part I

2. Rare Meat: Adding Reach to Power

3. Patterns of Peril: Joining the Cold Warriors

4. Rome and Carthage: The Truman Doctrine

5. The Marshall Plan and the Return to Private Life

Part II

6. The Inner and Outer Acheson

7. Acheson, the President, and the State Department

8. Keeping the Americans In, the Russians Out, and the Germans Down, 1949

9. Strategy in Europe: Backing the West, Probing the East

10. Looking for Chance in China, 1949

11. Neither Wood nor Ivory: Checkmated in China, 1949-1950

12. Other Early Encounters with Asia and the Middle East

Part III

13. Weapons: The H-Bomb

14. Words: NSC-68, Public Opinion, and Total Diplomacy

15. Real Diplomacy, in Europe, 1949-1950

16. Plunge into the Unkown: The United States, Indochina, and China on the Eve of the Korean War

17. Friends in Place: Acheson and Alger Hiss

18. Evil Days

Part IV

19. Testing Ground-Korea

20. In the Cockpit

21. Prodding Evolution with Action: German Rearmament

22. Acceleration from a Running Start

Part V

23. In Thrall: Ironic Failures in Korea

24. Job's Comforter and the Mad Satrap

25. Captives of War

26. At Different Ends of the Triangle: Domestic Debates, European Armies, British Allies

Part VI

27. Command in Japan

28. Failure in Indochina and China

29. Razor Edge Sensibilities: ANZUS and India

30. Falling between Two Stools: The Middle East, North Africa, and Africa

31. Picking Up Sticks in Egypt and Iran

32. Jousting with Mosadeq, Waiting for Nasser

33. Latin America: Critical, but not Serious

Part VII

34. Lisbon to Letdown: The Fate of the EDC

35. Apples of Discord: Germany and the Soviet Union, 1952

36. Scope for the Exercise of Every Vital Power

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195382488
Author:
Beisner, Robert L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Beisner, Robert
Author:
null, Robert L.
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Biography-Political
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.9 in 2.544 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era--the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging from the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO.

In this acclaimed biography, Robert L. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half-century. In a book filled with insight based on research in government archives, memoirs, letters, and diaries, Beisner illuminates Acheson's major triumphs, including the highly underrated achievement of converting West Germany and Japan from mortal enemies to prized allies, and does not shy away from examining his missteps. But underlying all his actions, Beisner shows, was a tough-minded determination to outmatch the strength of the Soviet bloc--indeed, to defeat the Soviet Union at every turn. The book also sheds light on Acheson's friendship with Truman--one, a bourbon-drinking mid-Westerner with a homespun disposition, the other, a mustachioed Connecticut dandy who preferred perfect martinis.

Over six foot tall, with steel blue, "merry, searching eyes" and a "wolfish" grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character--intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colorful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.

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