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Behind the scenes in US foreign policy.

Author: James A Bill
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English
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Tells the story of a man whose experiences, ideas and courageous opposition within the political system reveal much about the inner workings of foreign policy and about the practice of prudent and moral statesmanship in the twentieth century. Diplomat and "wise man" George Ball wielded enormous influence in American foreign policy for more than forty years. Best known for his dissent from U.S. Vietnam policy when he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George W Ball
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A Bill
ISBN: 0300069693 9780300069693
OCLC Number: 321595537
Description: xvii, 274 pages, [17] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Prologue --
Pragmatic idealist from the midwest: Personal roots and rites of passage --
Political practitioner and intellectual gladiator --
Global policymaker: Politics of European integration --
Rebellion and war in Africa and Asia: Congo and Vietnam --
Public policy and private dissent: Cuba, Cyprus, and the Middle East --
Statecraft for the twenty-first century: Essence of statesmanship: George Ball and Prudence --
Notes --
Select bibliography --
Index.

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Drawing on George Ball's personal archive and interviews with Ball and with dozens of his associates, this text traces Ball's involvement with US foreign policy as Under Secretary of State during the  Read more...

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