The Past Has Another Pattern: Memoirs

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The Past Has Another Pattern: Memoirs

By George W. Ball
Norton, 1982
527 pp. $19.95

Clarity, serenity and precision are the marks of this major contribution to an understanding of American foreign policy during the past 40 years. The book deserves to be compared with Dean Acheson's Present at the Creation (but less self-satisfied) and George Kennan's Memoirs (but less introverted). Although the author is best known to the general public for his opposition to American military involvement in Vietnam, the historian will find his discussion of European issues the most interesting part of the book.

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