Henry White

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Henry White

By Allan Nevins
Harpers, 1930
530 pp. $5.00
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Few Americans have been prominent for so long in the field of diplomacy as Henry White. His activities, closely connected with world affairs for the whole generation preceding the World War, illustrate once again the tremendous importance of experience and personality in the solution of difficult problems. The reader will be surprised to learn of the influence of White in the settlement of such questions as the Venezuela Boundary and the Panama Canal disputes, to say nothing of his part in the adjustment of the Moroccan difficulty at the Congress of Algeciras. Naturally the most interesting section deals with the Peace Conference, which White attended as the only Republican plenipotentiary. The description of his attitude towards the treaty and of his great efforts to get it accepted by the Senate, in the teeth of opposition from Lodge and his followers, makes political reading of the very highest order. It is hoped that this book will have wide circulation, for it is admirably fitted for the further education of Americans in the field of international affairs.