In This Review

John Foster Dulles: a Biography
John Foster Dulles: a Biography
By John Robinson Beal
Harper, 1957, 331 pp

By necessity this is less a biography of the Secretary of State than a progress report. Mr. Beal, who is in the Washington Bureau of Time magazine, heartily approves of Mr. Dulles' record, the policies he has enunciated, his performance as a diplomat and negotiator, and, with some exceptions, his management of the State Department. While the author's interpretation of some of the Administration's more controversial moves must eventually be checked against materials not yet available, he does throw new, if occasionally bizarre, light on several issues, especially those involving "brinkmanship."