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From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics (Hardback)
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From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 18/08/2006
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A model of policy analysis, Arms Transfers under Nixon provides a lucid and lively demonstration of how the Nixon administration combined skillful diplomacy and the adroit use of arms transfers to bring about a remarkable series of American foreign policy achievements. The Middle East provides the most dramatic example. Here, the Arab-Israeli military balance was stabilized, Egypt was persuaded and enabled to forsake its heavy dependence upon the Soviet Union, conditions favorable to peace negotiations were arranged, and important interim agreements were brokered by the United States. In the Persian Gulf, the promotion of Iran and Saudi Arabia as effective guarantors of regional stability in the wake of British withdrawal, and maintaining the pro-Western orientation of these governments, are shown to have been essential to crucial United States and Western interests. The dramatic reversal with the collapse of the Shah's government is assessed, as are the causes of that post-Nixon debacle. The battles that accompanied the administration's initiatives -- battles with hostile nations, with allies, with the Congress, and even within the administration -- and the diplomatic and political moves by which opposition was overcome provide the stuff of an exciting and instructive narrative.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813124087
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 803 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The study of conservative movements and figures is one of the most important trends in American historical scholarship during recent years. This book makes a contribution to that work by studying an important but neglected figure on the Right and tracing the odyssey of his intellectual conversion to conservative politics and his activism in the Republican Party and the gun rights movement." -- Allan J. Lichtman, American University


"Traces Heston's evolution from civil rights marcher and LBJ supporter to neoconservative and president of the National Rifle Association. It argues convincingly that Heston's fundamental values never really changed." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"Raymond performs some solid historical work and presents some eminently reasonable conclusions... Raymond's most estimable achievement is in illuminating Heston's pre-ideologue days, not only as a commendably early participant in the civil rights movement, but as a member of the National Council for the Arts from 1967 and as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965 to 1971." -- Cineaste


"Heston's emergence into a major American political figure is examined in this work that chronicles the resurgence of American conservative thought and the birth of neoconservatism." -- Forecast


"Presents the fascinating story of Hestons political journey from a Democrat who marched for civil rights and was president of the Screen Actors Guild to his status as Republican avatar." -- ForeWord Magazine


"Recounts film icon Charlton Heston's transformation from on-screen Moses to off-screen neoconservative moral crusader." -- Library Journal


"Heston was as much a bellwether in real-life politics as he was in Hollywood biblical epics, according to this intriguing biographical study." -- Publishers Weekly


"Nothing is more common than Hollywood actors and actresses preening themselves by adopting this or that fashionable cause. Emilie Raymond's fine biography of Charlton Heston reminds us that it was not always thus. Heston's political thought and action, and his impact on American politics, deserve careful scholarly treatment. Emilie Raymond has supplied it." -- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James


"Details the life of the Man of Big Roles and his use of celebrity to influence the debate over moral and political issues." -- San Diego Union-Tribune


"Emilie Raymond's meticulous research, insightful analysis, and balanced prose convincingly argue that Charlton Heston's legacy as a political activist and cultural warrior rivals his cinematic fame... This book is a must-read for political scientists and political historians." -- Southern Historian


"Raymond provides compelling histories of Hollywood unions, federal arts disputes and civil rights debates that Heston got tangles up in... Raymond successfully illuminates Heston's personal philosophy and his relationships with historical figures, and she highlights points of departure for what is now broadly considered the 'cultural wars'." -- Style Weekly


"As a history of Mr. Heston's leading role in political Hollywood, Ms. Raymond's book is long overdue." -- Wall Street Journal


""From My Cold, Dead Hands is far more than a biography -- it is a chronicle of the resurgence of American conservative thought and, in particular, the birth of neoconservatism."" -- John Neal, Book Babble

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