Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 April 2009

832 Pages | 20 black and white halftone illustrations


ISBN: 9780195382488

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Dean Acheson

A Life in the Cold War

Robert Beisner

  • Winner of the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Winner of the Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy of the American Academy of Diplomacy
  • Winner of the Silver Medal, Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • First Runner-Up, Harry S. Truman Book Award
  • Winner of the PSP Award for Excellence Biography & Autobiography
  • "This thorough biography offers insight into perhaps one of the least understood fields of government action at the outset of a momentous era that's still, in many respects, very much underway."-Publishers Weekly
  • "An Edwardian battleship of a book which, like Acheson, makes trenchant judgments and delivers its broadsides through a straightforward and impressive narrative of American diplomatic history at the opening of the Cold War."- International Affairs
  • "This monumental study is that rarity in contemporary biographical historiography, a work at once detailed, scholarly, unusually well-written, meticulously researched and with balanced admiration for and criticism of its subject. An outstanding achievement."-Dr. Robert McGeehan, Royal United Services Institute Journal
  • "In this exhaustively researched and finely written book, Robert L. Beisner has given us what must surely be the definitive study of one of America's most important diplomats. A remarkable achievement."-Randall B Woods, Reviews in American History

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