Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 798 pages
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With deft portraits of many world figures, Dean Acheson analyzes the processes of policy making, the necessity for decision, and the role of power and initiative in matters of state. Acheson (1893-1971) was not only present at the creation of the postwar world, he was one of its chief architects. He joined the Department of State in 1941 as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and, with brief intermissions, was continuously involved until 1953, when he left office as Secretary of State at the end of the Truman years.

Throughout that time Acheson's was one of the most influential minds and strongest wills at work. It was a period that included World War II, the reconstruction of Europe, the Korean War, the development of nuclear power, the formation of the United Nations and NATO. It involved him at close quarters with a cast that starred Truman, Roosevelt, Churchill, de Gaulle, Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Attlee, Eden Bevin, Schuman, Dulles, de Gasperi, Adenauer, Yoshida, Vishinsky, and Molotov.
 

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PRESENT AT THE CREATION: My Years In The State Department

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A memoir of Mr. Acheson's subordinate service from 1941 to 1947 and of his five years as Secretary of State. The book is suffused with praise of Truman. Its reconstruction of specific engagements like ... Read full review

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I read this book after hearing the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan describe Acheson as "the Great Man of American diplomacy." Moynihan went on to say that anyone who wanted to know about ... Read full review

Contents

ENLISTMENT FOR THE WAR TO COME
3
THE OLD STATE DEPARTMENT
9
THE YEAR WE HELD OUR BREATH
21
RETROSPECT
36
DEADLOCK
48
DEADLOCK ENDS
58
PREPARATION FOR AN UNKNOWN WORLD
64
THE BRETTON WOODS AGREEMENTS
81
THE OUTBREAK
402
THE FIRST CRISIS
414
SEPTEMBER DECISIONS
426
SEPTEMBER SURPRISES
441
OCTOBER ODYSSEYS
456
AN ENTIRELY NEW WAR
469
DECEMBER DESPONDENCY
478
CALMING WORRIES AT HOME AND TO THE SOUTH
491

A CHANGE OF SECRETARIES AND OF JOBS
87
CHIEF LOBBYIST FOR STATE
95
SUCCESS DISENCHANTMENT AND RESIGNATION
104
Under Secretary of State August
117
TROUBLE IN HIGH PLACES
129
THE ACHESONLILIENTHAL REPORT
149
THE DEPARTMENT MUFFS ITS INTELLIGENCE ROLE
157
THE QUEBEC AGREEMENT
164
THE PUZZLE OF PALESTINE
169
TROUBLE BREWS IN WASHINGTON
183
TROUBLE BREAKS IN EUROPE
194
GENERAL MARSHALL TAKES OVER
212
THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE
220
BIRTH OF THE MARSHALL PLAN
226
MUSTERED OUT
236
YEARS OF RESPONSIBILITY
245
THE WORLD THAT LAY BEFORE US
254
AN EVENTFUL SPRING
264
ALLIED POLICY TOWARD GERMANY
285
THE FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN PARIS
291
SUMMER BRINGS DIFFICULT DECISIONS
302
ANGLOAMERICAN ATOMIC COOPERATION REVIEWED
314
DEVALUATION OF THE POUND
322
MORE MEETINGS AT HOME AND ABROAD
330
A REAPPRAISAL OF POLICIES
344
Section B Problems Came Faster in 1950
354
THE ATTACK MOUNTS
362
A NEW DEFINITION OF FOREIGN POLICY
371
EUROPE AND THE SCHUMAN PLAN
382
BALANCED COLLECTIVE FORCES FOR EUROPE
390
DOUBLE TROUBLE IN IRAN
499
ATTEMPTS TO STABILIZE THE KOREAN WAR
512
THE RELIEF OF GENERAL MAC ARTHUR
521
THE MOVE FOR AN ARMISTICE IN KOREA
529
PEACE WITH JAPAN
539
NATO IN STAGNATION
551
EGYPT AND THE MIDDLE EAST COMMAND
562
OTTAWA AND EXCURSIONS WITHOUT ALARUMS
569
THE DISARMAMENT ASSEMBLY
578
NATO MEETS IN ROME
588
THE CHURCHILL VISIT
594
DEATH OF A KING
607
FOUR MINISTERS MEET IN LONDON
615
LISBON
622
ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH
629
BONN AND PARIS
643
FRUSTRATION RIOT AND REVOLT
651
A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
658
INDOCHINA
671
A SECOND TRY IN IRAN
679
ELECTION SUMMER
686
AN OPEN COVENANT OPENLY CONNIVED AGAINST
696
CHANGING THE GUARD
706
LAST FAREWELLS
715
SUMMING UP
725
NOTES
740
REFERENCES
770
Indicated by superior numbers in the text
779
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Dean Acheson (1893-1971) was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War.

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