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Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order - Shapers of International History (Paperback)
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Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order - Shapers of International History (Paperback)

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This compact and accessible biography critically assesses the life and career of Dean Acheson, one of America's foremost diplomats and strategists. As a top State Department official from 1941 to 1947 and as Harry S. Truman's secretary of state from 1949 to 1953, Acheson shaped many of the key U.S. foreign policy initiatives of those years, including the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the rebuilding of Germany and Japan, America's intervention in Korea, and its early involvement in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Right up until his death in 1971, Acheson continued to participate in major policy decisions and debates, including the Cuban missile and Berlin crises and the Vietnam War. Dean Acheson can justifiably be called the principal architect of the American Century. More than any other individual, Acheson is responsible for designing and implementing the ultimately successful U.S. Cold War strategy for containing the Soviet Union. In an even broader sense, Acheson played an instrumental role in creating the institutions, alliances, and economic arrangements that, in the 1940s, brought to life an American-dominated world order. The remarkable durability of that world order-which has remained the dominant fact of international life long after the end of the Cold War-makes a careful examination of Acheson's diplomacy especially relevant to today's international challenges.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781574889277
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm


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McMahon s book is both an insightful biography of Dean Acheson and a compelling account of American foreign policy during World War II and the Cold War. In his focus on what Acheson called the international political economy of freedom, McMahon provides one of the most succinct and provocative accounts of how diplomacy, military power, and economics intersected in the making of the American Century. McMahon reminds readers of the enduring power of a voice like Acheson s and of the sophistication required for effective foreign policymaking. Anyone interested in international affairs would profit from reading this excellent book. Jeremi Suri, professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century--Jeremi Suri (10/10/2008)"
Robert McMahon s Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order is a true triumph of both historical scholarship and literary craftsmanship. In elegant and concise style, McMahon succeeds throughout this book in connecting Acheson s life and career with the international role of America that Acheson sought to shape and promote. Dean Acheson was the most significant secretary of state in our history, and McMahon has captured his strengths and weaknesses in this remarkable book. Thomas Alan Schwartz, professor of history, Vanderbilt University--Thomas Alan Schwartz (10/10/2008)"
"McMahon's book is both an insightful biography of Dean Acheson and a compelling account of American foreign policy during World War II and the Cold War. In his focus on what Acheson called the international 'political economy of freedom, ' McMahon provides one of the most succinct and provocative accounts of how diplomacy, military power, and economics intersected in the making of the American Century. McMahon reminds readers of the enduring power of a voice like Acheson's and of the sophistication required for effective foreign policymaking. Anyone interested in international affairs would profit from reading this excellent book."--Jeremi Suri, professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century--Jeremi Suri (10/10/2008)
"Robert McMahon's Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order is a true triumph of both historical scholarship and literary craftsmanship. In elegant and concise style, McMahon succeeds throughout this book in connecting Acheson's life and career with the international role of America that Acheson sought to shape and promote. Dean Acheson was the most significant secretary of state in our history, and McMahon has captured his strengths and weaknesses in this remarkable book."--Thomas Alan Schwartz, professor of history, Vanderbilt University--Thomas Alan Schwartz (10/10/2008)
-McMahon's book is both an insightful biography of Dean Acheson and a compelling account of American foreign policy during World War II and the Cold War. In his focus on what Acheson called the international 'political economy of freedom, ' McMahon provides one of the most succinct and provocative accounts of how diplomacy, military power, and economics intersected in the making of the American Century. McMahon reminds readers of the enduring power of a voice like Acheson's and of the sophistication required for effective foreign policymaking. Anyone interested in international affairs would profit from reading this excellent book.---Jeremi Suri, professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century--Jeremi Suri (10/10/2008)
-Robert McMahon's Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order is a true triumph of both historical scholarship and literary craftsmanship. In elegant and concise style, McMahon succeeds throughout this book in connecting Acheson's life and career with the international role of America that Acheson sought to shape and promote. Dean Acheson was the most significant secretary of state in our history, and McMahon has captured his strengths and weaknesses in this remarkable book.---Thomas Alan Schwartz, professor of history, Vanderbilt University--Thomas Alan Schwartz (10/10/2008)

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