AUTHORChace, James
TITLEAcheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This biography of Dean Acheson focuses on his important contributions to U.S. foreign policy in the years immediately following World War II. He served as the U.S. Undersecretary of State from 1946 to 1949 and Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953. The biography is in five parts, each composed of short chapters. The author focuses on Acheson's political life mainly, describing aspects of Acheson's career such as his role as chairman of the committee formed in 1946 to devise a plan for the international control of atomic energy. The committee produced the Acheson-Lilienthal report to be presented to the United Nations by Bernard Baruch. However, Baruch’s modified version of the report was rejected by the Soviet Union. Other chapters discuss Acheson’s position with regard to the U.S. decision to develop the hydrogen bomb in 1949 and his influence on the Marshall Plan and the handling of the Korean War. The book provides insight into the character of the man whom the author describes as “the most important figure in American foreign policy since John Quincy Adams” (p.12).

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