Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years 1953-71

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Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years 1953-71

By Douglas Brinkley
Yale University Press, 1992
512 pp. $35.00
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This biography by a young historian fills the gap of Acheson's years out of office. Its organization is slightly disconcerting, but its portrait makes the Acheson-Truman friendship all the more remarkable, for Acheson seems less a twentieth-century American democrat than a nineteenth-century British one-a defender of presidential prerogatives in Democratic or Republican season and an unabashed colonialist when it came to Africa.