This biography is a reassessment of an important American envoy to the Soviet Union in years that were critical in determining postwar East-West relations. Using formerly untouched primary sources, Dr MacLean aims to shed a different light on a controversial figure and on his relationship with world leaders, senior diplomats, and Soviet experts during the period under study. She offers glimpses into the perceptions and motivations behind major US and Soviet policies from 1936 to 1946. Her account of this practical idealist is aimed at those interested in diplomatic history and Soviet-American relations. This is a close study of the complex political, philosophical, and personal factors that guided Joseph Davies in his dealings with Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin and Lipviv, Molotov, Kennan, and Bohlen, to name just a few. The author hopes that a more balanced interpretation can w be offered of Davies than the traditional two-dimensional stereotype.
ELIZABETH KIMBALL MACLEAN is Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. She specializes in twentieth century U.S.-Soviet relations.