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Executive Agents in American Foreign Relations
Executive Agents in American Foreign Relations
By Henry M. Wriston
Johns Hopkins Press, 1929, 886 pp

A monumental treatise on one of the key problems of American foreign policy. The author attacks the knotty question of the relative power of the executive and the Senate in the conduct of international business, a question which has given increasing trouble since the emergence of the United States as a world power, and one which underlay the collapse of Wilson's position. The reader will find here an examination of the various phases of the problem from the days of the framers of the constitution onward, an examination based on great erudition and sound judgment. He will hardly be able to escape the conclusion that in this matter too the foresight of the fathers was not great enough to meet undreamed-of developments.