The United States and the Global Struggle for Minerals

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The United States and the Global Struggle for Minerals

By Alfred E. Eckes, Jr.
University of Texas Press, 1979
353 pp. $18.95
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The title is more dramatic than the actual story, which covers the period from the end of World War I to the 1960s and skims the rest. The documents on which the Ohio State historian relies come largely from people who favor active American policies, and his analysis does not fully explain why there was so often no follow-through to the sounding of alarms. Though policy issues are not dealt with as deeply as would be desirable, the book is a valuable one to have at a time when people are again interested in the ancient subject of raw materials and international politics.

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