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Dallek, Robert

Works: 108 works in 538 publications in 3 languages and 33,313 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sources  Documentary television programs  Biographical television programs  Television programs  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: E842, B
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Most widely held works about Robert Dallek
Most widely held works by Robert Dallek
An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek( Book )

37 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 4,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unfinished life is the first major, single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Robert Dallek draws upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives to tell Kennedy's story. We learn just how sick Kennedy was, what medications he took and concealed from all but a few, and how severely his medical condition affected his actions as President. We also learn the real story of how Bobby was selected as Attorney General. Dallek reveals exactly what Jack's father did to help his election to the presidency, and he follows previously unknown evidence to show what path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Dallek shows that while Kennedy was the son of privilege, he faced great obstacles and fought on with remarkable courage. Never shying away from Kennedy's weaknesses, Dallek also explores his strengths. The result is a portrait of a bold, brave, human Kennedy, once again a hero
Flawed giant : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973 by Robert Dallek( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dallek takes us through Johnson's tumultuous years in the White House, his unprecedented accomplishments there, and the tragic war that would be his downfall. Drawing on hundreds of newly released tapes and extensive interviews with those closest to LBJ - including fresh insights from Lady Bird and his press secretary Bill Moyers - Dallek takes us behind the scenes to give us a portrait of Johnson that is at once even-handed and completely engrossing. We see Johnson as the visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no president before or since, enacting a range of crucial legislation, from Medicare, Clean Air and Water Acts, the establishment of the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities, and Public Broadcasting to the most significant advances in civil rights for black Americans ever achieved. And we see for the first time the depth of Johnson's private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam, a war he did not want to expand and which destroyed his hopes for The Great Society and a second term
Lone star rising : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1908-1960 by Robert Dallek( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume one of a two-volume biography follows Johnson's life from his childhood on the banks of the Pedernales to his election as vice president under Kennedy
Nixon and Kissinger : partners in power by Robert Dallek( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Danish and held by 2,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were two of the most compelling, contradictory, and important leaders in America in the second half of the twentieth century. Both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals. Tapping into recently disclosed documents and tapes, historian Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship -- their collaboration and rivalry -- and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in foreign policy achievements. He also analyzes their dealings with power brokers at home and abroad, including the nightmare of Vietnam, the brilliant opening to China, détente with the Soviet Union, the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East, the disastrous overthrow of Allende in Chile, and growing tensions between India and Pakistan, while recognizing how both men were continually plotting to distract the American public's attention away from the growing scandal of Watergate.--From publisher description
Franklin D. Roosevelt and American foreign policy, 1932-1945 by Robert Dallek( Book )

48 editions published between 1979 and 1995 in English and Chinese and held by 2,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition adds an afterword to the Bancroft Prize-winning study of Franklin Roosevelt's diplomacy. It effectively answers recent criticism attacking Roosevelt for producing Pearl Harbor, for "giving away" Eastern Europe to Stalin at Yalta, and for abandoning European Jews during World War II
Camelot's court : inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presidential historian Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration--including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam--were indelible. The author delivers a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time
Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek( Book )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, Harry S. Truman clashed with Southerners over civil rights, with organized labor over the right to strike, and with General Douglas MacArthur over the conduct of the Korean War. He personified Thomas Jefferson's observation that the presidency is a "splendid misery," but it was during his tenure that the United States truly came of age
Hail to the chief : the making and unmaking of American presidents by Robert Dallek( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Hail to the Chief, Robert Dallek, award-winning historian and acclaimed biographer of Lyndon Johnson, offers an unprecedented and engaging examination of presidential excellence - and its less distinguished counterpart. Dallek addresses five themes that have been typically manifested in successful administrations - vision, pragmatism, consensus, charisma, and trust - and traces how they have been played out by the forty-one men who have attained the highest rank of public service. From James Madison's facing the War of 1812 to Lincoln's leadership through the greatest crisis of the nation's history; from Hoover's inability to overcome the challenges of the Great Depression to LBJ's tragic miscalculations in Vietnam and his achievements in advancing civil rights; from the beneficent paternalism of FDR to the ruthless cynicism of Richard Nixon, Dallek offers a penetrating analysis of the presidency, the personalities who have defined it, and the strategies that led to their triumphs or defeats
The American style of foreign policy : cultural politics and foreign affairs by Robert Dallek( Book )

25 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With American foreign policy playing an increasingly dominant role in world events of the past century, the international diplomatic community and even Americans themselves have staged heated debates centering on the charge that our government often misreads international crises. Responding to the controversy, Robert Dallek's groundbreaking book argues that the pressures generated by unresolved political and social domestic problems have shaped American foreign policy. In an illuminating examination of each significant period--from the expansionism of the Spanish-American War and the American entrance into World War I, to American-Soviet relations during World War II, the Cold War period that followed, and American involvement in Korea and Vietnam--Dallek reveals why we have acted as we have, often in the face of logic and with costly consequences
Ronald Reagan : the politics of symbolism by Robert Dallek( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse van de politieke opvattingen van de Amerikaanse president Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911- )
The dynamics of world power; a documentary history of United States foreign policy, 1945-1973 by Arthur M Schlesinger( Book )

30 editions published between 1973 and 1983 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lost peace : leadership in a time of horror and hope, 1945-1953 by Robert Dallek( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a reinterpretation of the postwar years, historian Robert Dallek examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful nations around the globe--Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Mao, de Gaulle, and Truman--to rely on traditional power politics despite the catastrophic violence their nations had endured. The decisions of these men, for better and often for worse, had profound consequences for decades to come, influencing relations and conflicts with China, Korea, the Middle East, and around the globe. This book is a penetrating look at the misjudgments that caused enormous strife and suffering during this critical period, from the closing months of World War II through the early years of the Cold War. The men who led the world at this time executed astonishingly unwise actions that propelled the nuclear arms race and extended the Cold War. Dallek has written a cautionary tale that considers what might have been done differently.--From publisher description
Democrat and diplomat; the life of William E. Dodd by Robert Dallek( Book )

14 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Dallek exposes the dark underbelly of 1930s Germany and explores the terrible burden of those who realized the horror that was to come. William Dodd was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, arriving in Berlin with his wife and daughter just as Adolf Hitler assumed the chancellorship. An unlikely candidate for the job Dodd quickly came to realise that the situation in Germany was far grimmer than was understood in America. Finding unwilling listeners back in the U.S., Dodd clashed repeatedly with the State Department, as well as the Nazi government, during his time as ambassador
Let every nation know : John F. Kennedy in his own words by Robert Dallek( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of thirty-four of John F. Kennedy's speeches, debates, and interviews offers insight into the ideals, politics, and life of the charismatic president
An unfinished life : [John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963] by Robert Dallek( Recording )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of John F. Kennedy
The Roosevelt diplomacy and World War II by Robert Dallek( Book )

16 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John F. Kennedy by Robert Dallek( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Dallek's masterful John F. Kennedy : an unfinished life was a number one national bestseller, and it remains the most widely read one-volume biography of the 35th president. Now, in this marvelous short biography of John F. Kennedy, Dallek achieves a miracle of compression, capturing in a small space the essence of his renowned full-length masterpiece. Here readers will find the fascinating insights and groundbreaking revelations found in An unfinished life. The heart of the book focuses on Kennedy's political career, especially the presidency. The book sheds light on key foreign affairs issues such as the Bay of Pigs debacle, Khrushchev's misguided bullying of Kennedy in Vienna, the Cuban Missile crisis, the nuclear test ban, the race for space, and the initial dealings with Southeast Asia, especially Laos. It also highlights the difficulties Kennedy faced getting a domestic agenda passed, from a tax cut to spur the economy, to federal aid to education, Medicare, and civil rights. Dallek reveals the thinking behind Robert Kennedy's appointment as attorney general and convincingly argues that Kennedy would never have expanded the war in Vietnam the way that Lyndon Johnson did. The book also addresses questions about Kennedy's assassination and concludes with his presidential legacy and why he remains so popular despite serving only a thousand days in office. Based upon the definitive biography, John F. Kennedy offers readers a concise, authoritative, and highly readable life of one of our best-loved presidents"--Provided by publisher
Nixon and Kissinger : [partners in power] by Robert Dallek( Recording )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dallek uncovers details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the reach for foreign policy achievements. Dallek reveals Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate and the extent to which Kissinger was complicit in trying to help Nixon use national security to prevent his impeachment or resignation
RFK( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, Robert Francis Kennedy. A man who would almost certainly have been president if his violent assassination hadn't intervened. Features extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists. Profiles the pivotal roles RFK played in the many major events of the 1960's - the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, and the war in Vietnam
Lyndon B. Johnson : portrait of a president by Robert Dallek( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A single-volume, abridged edition of the two-volume portrait offers insight into the president's ambitious and demanding personality, his achievements in the White House, and his personal reflections on the challenges of the Vietnam War
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An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Alternative Names
Dallek, Robert

Robert Dallek Amerikaans historicus

Robert Dallek amerikanischer Historiker

Robert Dallek amerikansk historikar

Robert Dallek amerikansk historiker

댈럭, 로버트

ダレク, ロバート

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Flawed giant : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973Lone star rising : Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1908-1960Nixon and Kissinger : partners in powerFranklin D. Roosevelt and American foreign policy, 1932-1945Harry S. TrumanHail to the chief : the making and unmaking of American presidentsThe American style of foreign policy : cultural politics and foreign affairsRonald Reagan : the politics of symbolism