Making the Money Sing: Private Wealth and Public Power in the Search for Peace (Hardback)John Tirman (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 19 mm
A lucid gem of a book, John Tirman's Making the Money Sing is the untold story of how a handful of good-hearted foundation officers leveraged private wealth to help bring an end to the Cold War. Tirman opens our eyes to the critical role played by foundations in the rough and tumble jousting of foreign policy making. This fine book should be an inspiration to anyone working in the philanthropic world. But it is also a reminder to all scholars that 'following the money' is essential to writing good history. -- Kai Bird, author of The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy & William Bundy, Brothers in Arms and coeditor of Hiroshima's Shadow
John Tirman's thoughtful book provides a fresh and provocative analysis of how and why the Cold War ended. And his views of civil society in the post-Cold War era will set off a new debate amongst internationalists, philanthropists, and social activists. -- Archibald L. Gillies, president, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Very few historians have paid attention to how American foundations and private donors have helped shape U.S. foreign policy and public opinion on international issues. But they will have to do so after reading John Tirman's book. Tirman's examination of the role philanthropy played in the arms control and intervention debates of the 1980s and 90s is subtle and fascinating-all the more because he was an insider in the process himself. And he has added some new, previously unsung visionaries to the cast of characters who deserve credit for helping to end the madness of the Cold War. -- Adam Hochschild, lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of To End All Wars and Spain in Our Hearts
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