American Dream, Global Nightmare: The Dilemma of U.S. Human Rights Policy

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American Dream, Global Nightmare: The Dilemma of U.S. Human Rights Policy

By Sandy Vogelgesang
Norton, 1980
313 pp. $13.95
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Of all the recent books on human rights in relation to foreign policy, this one excels in inside knowledge of the policy process and understanding of the issues, recognizing that they contain more questions than answers. The author, who served in the State Department both before and after the Carter crusade, describes not just the problems of the executive branch and the international dilemmas, but also the "politics of human rights" in the broad sense, including the role of Congress and the domestic underpinnings.