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The Diplomatic Sage of Monticello
John M. Belohlavek on Lawrence Kaplan's Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire: "Jefferson's longtime Francophilia was motivated more by his desire to free the United States from the economic clutches of George III than a love for Louis XVI or Napoleon." [REVIEWS, Autumn 1999]

Where Are the Cubans in This War?
Nancy Mitchell on Louis A. Perez, Jr.'s The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography: "Washington did not go to war to free Cuba, but to control it, dressing its purpose in the colorful outrage of the American people." [REVIEWS, Autumn 1999]

The Electronic Herd vs. The Tortoise
Adam Yarmolinsky on Thomas L. Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization: "The breakdown of barriers to the movement of money, information, and technology has created a new international system. Some societies can avoid its impact — which can be brutalizing as well as life-enhancing — but only for the time being, and at great cost to themselves and their neighbors." [REVIEWS, Autumn 1999]

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Dullesian Ad Hoc Raison d’état Rehabilitated

John Foster Dulles: Piety, Pragmatism, and Power in U.S. Foreign Policy
By Richard H. Immerman (Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 1999. Pp. xxvi, 221. $55 cloth; $17.95 paper.)

“Immerman asserts that this focus on one emergency after another reflects the way Dulles handled foreign policy: ‘Notwithstanding his contribution to and support for the administration’s New Look, [Dulles’] hectic agenda and peripatetic behavior were the product more of crisis management than strategic doctrine.’ ” [FULL TEXT]

The Quintessential American Diplomat

Proud Servant: The Memoirs of a Career Ambassador
By Ellis O. Briggs (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1998. Pp. xvi, 430. $45.00)

“Rather than having policy makers try to remake the world in America’s image, Briggs believed they should instead focus on promoting and defending American interests as they might be defined by Americans and delineated by American and international law.” [FULL TEXT]

The Unlikely Lady Planter

    Land of a Thousand Hills:
    My Life in Rwanda
    By Rosamond Halsey Carr, with Ann Howard Halsey
    New York: Viking Penguin, 1999, Pp. 248. $23.95)

“Mrs. Carr puts the events that have taken place in Rwanda and the Congo since the 1950s into a personal perspective, but she also carefully documents the origins of the rebellions and the genocide that have plagued this overwhelmingly beautiful, mountainous, and lake-strewn African ‘Switzerland’.” [FULL TEXT]

State's Adjunct Accidental Diplomats:
Foreign Service Spouses


The Accidental Diplomat:
Dilemmas of the Trailing Spouse
By Katherine L. Hughes (Putnam Valley, N.Y.: Aletheia, 1999. Pp. x, 180. $17.95 paper.)

“Hughes has painted an image of younger generation spouses that raises questions about those persons’ abilities to be diplomatic, much less diplomats. Some are unhappy because they don't like being overseas!” [FULL TEXT]

The Forgotten ‘Plumed Knight’

James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire
By Edward P. Crapol (Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 2000. Pp. xx, 157. $50 cloth; $17.95 paper.)

“Crapol sees Blaine as the ‘most important late nineteenth-century architect of American empire. His blueprints laid out the design for an imperial structure that was in place at the opening of the twentieth century, and his ideas served as the intellectual groundwork and ideological justification for what became the American Century.’ ” [FULL TEXT]

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