"The period covered in this book was one of great obscurity to those who lived through it," Acheson wrote at the beginning of his memoirs, first published in 1969. "The period was marked by the disappearance of world powers and empires ... and from this wreckage emerged a multiplicity of states, most of them new, all of them largely underdeveloped politically and economically. Overshadowing all loomed two dangers to all--the Soviet Union's new-found power and expansive imperialism, and the development of nuclear weapons." Present at the Creation is a densely detailed account of Acheson's diplomatic career, delineated in intricately eloquent prose. Going over the origins of the cold war--the drawing of lines among the superpowers in Europe, the conflict in Korea--Acheson discusses how he and his colleagues came to realize "that the whole world structure and order that we had inherited from the nineteenth century was gone," and that the old methods of foreign policy would no longer apply. Among the accolades Acheson garnered for his candid self-assessment was the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for history.
Every candidate for the office of Secretary of State should thoroughly absorb this account by a top notch role model.Published 29 days ago by Paul Watters
Dean Acheson was one of the two most important American SecStates, along with John Quincy Adams -- period. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Carr
The autobiography of Truman's Secretary of State, Dean Acheson. Acheson was a controversial figure during his 12 years in public service. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tom K.
It is difficult to know quite where to begin, probably with the thought that eventually the truth will out. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Richard A. Carrick
Dean Acheson is without a doubt a hugely important figure in American history and government. His service in the State Department coincided with the World War II and post-World... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Marc Korman
I was thrilled to receive this book from the collection of one of my favorite history professors who was retiring at the time he gave it to me. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by C.P.M.
I respect that this book has a Pulitzer for History, and it has a wealth of information for scholars, but for the lay reader, it is too long by 100 pages or so and goes into minute... Read morePublished on May 23, 2006 by Peter LaPrade