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Presidents and Foreign Policy Making: From FDR To Reagan
Presidents and Foreign Policy Making: From FDR To Reagan
By Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., and Kevin V. Mulcahy
Louisiana State University Press, 1986, 359 pp.

Here is a very competent synthesis of the bulk of published commentary on one of the most heavily studied subjects in American politics, a fine introduction for the layman and reference for experienced scholars and practitioners. The authors call for stronger presidential control of foreign policy through more power for the secretary of state or the national security adviser or both. They also recommend that the vice president be assigned major responsibility as a true "second in command."