Fulbright: A Biography

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 711 pages
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J. William Fulbright was the second most successful Oxford-educated politician to come from Arkansas. Author of the Fulbright-Connally resolution that committed the United States to participating in the U.N., and creator of the exchange program that bears his name, Fulbright was the longest serving chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This volume describes the family dynamic, educational process, and environments--Arkansas, Oxford, Washington, D.C.--which produced this remarkable man. It delves into his complex attitude toward race and details Fulbright's role in the civil rights movement. The narrative includes the major international events of the Cold War era--the Suez Crisis, the U-2 incident, the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the ABM controversies, the Arab-Israeli conflict--and Fulbright's role in them. Woods explains Fulbright's shift from a champion of executive power in foreign affairs to a defender of congressional prerogatives.
 

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Contents

Of poets Prussians and plutocrats
1
Oxford
19
First family of Fayetteville
43
A political education
65
Taking the stage
88
The conscience of a conservative internationalist
114
European federation and trickledown integration
137
Washingtons cleanup man
154
The politics of dissent
415
Widening the credibility gap
425
The war in Washington
439
The price of empire
453
Denouement
468
The politics of a Dixie dove
485
Nixon and Kissinger
500
Of arms and men
519

The enemy within
175
The junior senator from Arkansas
197
Massive retaliation Suez and the struggle for an alternative foreign policy
212
Little Rock and foreign aid
226
A changing of the guard
244
Camelot and Cuba
261
Freedoms Judasgoat
276
A creative tension
305
Of myths and realities
321
Avoiding Armageddon
340
Escalation
360
Texas hyperbole
376
The hearings
393
Struggle for the vital center
533
Sparta or Athens?
547
Cambodia
561
A foreign affairs alternative
581
Privileges and immunities
596
Divided minds
611
The invisible wars
623
Dancing with Henry
641
Broken fences
653
Life after office
673
Conclusion
689
Index
699
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About the author (1995)

Randall Bennett Woods is John A. Cooper Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas. He has written widely on twentieth-century American history, including Dawning of the Cold War (1991), Changing of the Guard (1990), and Fulbright: A Biography (1995), which won both the Ferrell and Ledbetter Prizes. He was also editor of Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

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