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- DescriptionWhat effect did personality and circumstance have on US foreign policy during World War II? This incisive account of US envoys residing in the major belligerent countries - Japan, Germany, Italy, China, France, Great Britain, USSR - highlights the fascinating role played by such diplomats as Joseph Grew, William Dodd, William Bullitt, Joseph Kennedy and W. Averell Harriman. Between Hitler's 1933 ascent to power and the 1945 bombing of Nagasaki, US ambassadors sculpted formal policy - occasionally deliberately, other times inadvertently - giving shape and meaning t always intended by Franklin D. Roosevelt or predicted by his principal advisors. From appeasement to the Holocaust and the onset of the Cold War, David Mayers examines the complicated interaction between policy, as conceived in Washington, and implementation on the ground in Europe and Asia. By so doing, he also sheds needed light on the fragility, ambiguities and enduring urgency of diplomacy and its crucial function in international politics.
- Author BiographyDavid Mayers teaches at Boston University, where he holds a joint professorship in the History and Political Science departments. His previous books include Cracking the Monolith: US Policy Against the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1955 (1986), George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy (1988), The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy (1995), Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned, 1861-1991 (1998) and Dissenting Voices in America's Rise to Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- Author(s)David Mayers
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication22/11/2012
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note12 b/w illus.
- Weight750 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine22 mm
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