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Waging Peace And War: Dean Rusk In The Truman, Kennedy And Johnson Years

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Waging Peace And War: Dean Rusk In The Truman, Kennedy And Johnson Years

Waging Peace And War: Dean Rusk In The Truman, Kennedy And Johnson Years
By Thomas J. Schoenbaum
Simon and Schuster, 1988 592 pp. $22.95 Purchase

Dean Rusk took no horde of papers with him when he left government service in 1969 and he has declined to write his own memoirs. Laconic and stoic, he tends to be treated by historians as a one-dimensional and not very sympathetic figure. This book, therefore, is welcome. Based on extensive research and hundreds of hours of conversation with Rusk, it comes as close as any book ever will to giving Rusk's account of what he did and thought in the State Department during the Truman years and as secretary of state for Kennedy and Johnson. The chapters on Rusk's youth, education in America and at Oxford and experiences in World War II are particularly good in explaining the development of his character and outlook on the world. The author is director of the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Georgia.

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