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Dean Acheson : a life in the Cold War

Author: Robert L Beisner
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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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 the pivotal decade after World War II. 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 a book filled with insight based on research in government archives,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Beisner, Robert L.
Dean Acheson.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607736675
Online version:
Beisner, Robert L.
Dean Acheson.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607762002
Named Person: Dean Acheson; Dean Acheson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Beisner
ISBN: 0195045785 9780195045789
OCLC Number: 67239626
Description: xiv, 800 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknolwedgments --
Definitions of acronyms and abbreviations --
1. Introduction : "The shiniest fish that ever came out of the sea" --
pt. 1 --
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 return to private life --
pt. 2 --
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 chances in China, 1949 --
11. Neither wood nor ivory : checkmated in China, 1949-1950 --
12. Other early encounters with Asia and the Middle East --
pt. 3 --
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 unknown : the United States, Indochina, and China on the eve of the Korean War --
17. Friends in place : Acheson and Alger Hiss --
18. Evil days. pt. 4 --
19. Testing ground --
Korea --
20. In the cockpit --
21. Prodding evolution with action : German rearmament --
22. Acceleration from a running start --
pt. 5 --
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 --
pt. 6 --
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 --
pt. 7 --
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 --
37. Conclusion : Power for a purpose --
A note to the reader --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert L. Beisner.
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