Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist A Biography by

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 15, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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In 1915, Sumner Welles, the son of an aristocratic family, began to work for the US State Department. Welles quickly showed an aptitude for the delicate job of international negotiation. His early successes in Japan later brought him to the attention of FDR who brought him into his administration as Under-Secretary of State. While Welles provided FDR with invaluable information about Europe and Japan, his main achievement was the development of US relations with Latin America. His bright career, however, was not to last. In 1940, FDR and his cabinet traveled to the funeral of William Bankhead, Speaker of the House. Welles traveled with them and, on the return journey, he propositioned a black Pullman car porter, allowing an aspect of his life that was heretofore hidden, to emerge. The scandal was made public and Welles resigned in 1943, thereby ending his career. This life of Sumner Welles is candidly written, for the first time, by his son, Benjamin Welles. Anyone interested in the accomplishments of this great man, the history of his time and the presidency of FDR, will want to read this beautifully written book.

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Sumner Welles was Franklin Roosevelt's principal foreign policy adviser until Secretary of State Cordell Hull forced his resignation in 1943 over a homosexual episode. Best known for the Good Neighbor ... Read full review

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Benjamin Welles is a retired journalist who lives in Washington, D.C. He was a foreign and national correspondent for The New York Times for 35 years.

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