Hard Choices: Critical Years in America's Foreign Policy

Othello would have approved this account of important service to the state-"nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice"-and might have found much of it reminscent in other ways. The author's moral quality, balanced judgment and grasp of specific issues illuminate a remarkable picture of the diverse problems and strains with which an American secretary of state must cope today, especially under an inexperienced and suggestible President. If Mr. Vance lacked something in capacity for vivid articulation of policy and perhaps in strategic sense, he remains a man of stature and dedication. Not easy reading, but highly rewarding for the serious observer.

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