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  • Series: New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801886333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801886331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although a number of important works have appeared in the last few years on modernization theory and American foreign policy in the 1960s, Mandarins of the Future will be definitive, perhaps for decades to come. Gilman provides not only the fullest history of modernization theory, and its linkages to actual government policy formation, but he explores in depth a fascinating slice of American intellectual history in the 1960s and early 1970s. His analysis of foundation and academic politics and their interface with government agencies is detailed, original and compelling.

(Michael Adas, Rutgers University)

The American engagement with 'modernization' is one of the most important episodes in the intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of the Cold War epoch, filled with cautionary tales for our own time. Gilman's sophisticated, clearly-argued, archive-based interpretation is a commanding contribution to our understanding of the terms on which the United States interacts with the rest of the world.

(David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley)

The detailed analysis and broad-ranging explorations in Mandarins of the Future will interest scholars and graduate students in a variety of areas.

(Johanna Bockman Journal of Cold War Studies)

Intellectual fashions come and go, and this well-researched book artfully analyzes the rise and fall of one of the more powerful paradigms in post–World War II American political science―so-called modernization theory.

(William B. Quandt Ethics and International Affairs)

Mandarins of the Future both helps us understand a past paradigm in its historical context and offers insights for those seeking to comprehend the social world of today.

(Daniel Geary Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences)

Gilman's analysis is original, well-researched, probing, and provocative.

(Walter Hixson American Historical Review)

The author carefully surveys and explains modernization theory and how it shaped the U.S. post–WWII foreign policy to contain Communism during the Cold War.

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Development specialists and scholars of the academy... will welcome Gilman's attention to the nuances of academic debate.

(Deborah Kisatsky Journal of Interdisciplinary History)

About the Author

Nils Gilman is an independent scholar and practitioner at the Global Business Network in San Francisco.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Zimmer on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Gilman offers an original and compelling account of the rise and (both inevitably and thankfully) fall of a cabal of insular white males who believed they had found the recipe for world history, with often disastrous results.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LAS08 on February 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was assigned this book for a graduate seminar and had to write a book review on it. Otherwise I would have quit reading right away.

I don't see any connection to the Cold War in this book. It was about 3 different think tanks in the 50s and 60s where Gilman goes through the evolution of the drafting of modernization theory. Gilman only shows the so what factor a handful of times as to what good these guys did during the Cold War. One was how Rostow was the driving force behind the Vietnam war. And one think tank briefed the senate in 1960 but Gilman does tell us what happened after the briefing.

If you are into hearing about what a bunch of academics did in the 50s and 60s while sitting around talking to each other at conferences and their arguments in the books and articles they published. You would enjoy this book. This isn't what I like about history so in my opinion this was a waste of 2 days of my life reading.
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