Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1574889260
ISBN-10: 1574889265
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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 2008-10-10)

“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 2008-10-10)

“In this fluent, authoritative, and concise biography, Robert J. McMahon brings to life one of the giant figures in American diplomatic history, a man whose historical importance is matched by his fascinating persona. An absorbing examination of Acheson and his policy decisions, and of the broader contours of U.S. foreign policy at the dawn of the Cold War.”—Fredrik Logevall, professor of history, Cornell University
(Fredrik Logevall 2008-10-10)

"Takes you into the inner workings of America’s national policy making from 1941 until [Acheson’s] death in 1972. . . . Those wanting to discover the intricacies of America’s national security policy making will find this compact biography of Acheson’s an excellent read.”—Foreign Area Officer Journal
(Foreign Area Officer 2009-06-09)

“Expertly crafted, lucidly written, and thoroughly readable. Highly recommended.”—Choice
(Choice 2009-12-15)

“McMahon’s Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order authoritatively captures the strengths and weaknesses of the greatest Secretary of State since World War II as well as the interplay of economics, diplomacy, and force in American statecraft during the Truman years.”—Parameters
(Parameters 2010-06-04)

About the Author

Robert J. McMahon is the Mershon Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. He is the author of several books on U.S. foreign relations, including The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction, The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia Since World War II, and The Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan. He served as the president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2001. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1574889265
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (December 31, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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