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Paul G. Hoffman: Architect of Foreign Aid
Paul G. Hoffman: Architect of Foreign Aid
By Alan R. Raucher
University Press of Kentucky, 1986, 208 pp

Historians of foreign policy understandably concentrate on major figures who leave behind elaborately organized archives and/or who write lengthy memoirs. Lesser figures, whose lives often tell us much of what happened away from the Oval Office, are too readily neglected. Therefore, this biography of businessman and foreign aid official Paul Hoffman (1891-1974) is important and welcome. Professor Raucher describes Hoffman's success and failure at Studebaker and his competent, centrist leadership in carrying out the Marshall Plan and supporting foreign aid in general as an instrument of foreign policy.