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The Resource Behind the throne : servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968, edited by Thomas J. McCormick and Walter LaFeber

Behind the throne : servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968, edited by Thomas J. McCormick and Walter LaFeber

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Behind the throne : servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968
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Behind the throne
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servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968
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edited by Thomas J. McCormick and Walter LaFeber
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eng
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  • During the American rise to world power in the last hundred years, a new presidency has also arisen, a presidency that uses military, economic, political, and personal power that the constitutional founders of the 1780s would have thought highly improbable and dangerous. Behind the Throne argues that United States presidents have received foreign policy advice from a new breed of government servants whose first loyalties were to the chief executive, not the bureaucracy or the public. These "servants of power" defined world views for the president, not only advising but often taking action to implement those world views. The essays in this volume focus on nine servants of power. Brooks Adams, brother of Henry Adams and advisor to Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, greatly influenced early American expansionist thinking by supporting Frederick Jackson Turner's Frontier Thesis. Charles Conant, in the same era, profoundly affected America's economic relationship with Asia and Latin America. During the Wilson administration, Admiral William Caperton's views influenced foreign policy in the Caribbean and Latin America. Controlling J.P. Morgan's overseas investments, Thomas Lamont had direct access to and considerable influence upon every president in the 1920s and 1930s. Adolf Berle, advisor to Franklin Roosevelt, guided the United States' economic and security policies for the post-World War II era, preparing the way for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Arthur Vandenberg and Senator Gerald P. Nye championed United States isolationist policies in the early years of the cold war. Vandenberg later turned internationalist and used his position as ranking Republican on the Committee to promote President Truman's foreign policies in Congress. His advice to Truman was crucial in the founding of the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Thomas Mann, Undersecretary of State for Latin American affairs in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, was instrumental in turning the United States away from the Alliance for Progress and back to a hard-line policy. A former Harvard dean, McGeorge Bundy influenced the Kennedy-Johnson experiments in global social engineering and the escalation of the Vietnam War. The rise of the United States to the status of the world's lone (and often highly perplexed and frustrated) superpower cannot be understood without understanding these nine influential men and their roles in recent American history. The volume also stands as a tribute to Fred Harvey Harrington, professor of history and former president of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All of the contributors began their distinguished careers as students of Harrington
  • During the American rise to world power in the last hundred years, a new presidency has also arisen, a presidency that uses military, economic, political, and personal power that the constitutional founders of the 1780s would have thought highly improbable and dangerous. Behind the Throne argues that United States presidents have received foreign policy advice from a new breed of government servants whose first loyalties were to the chief executive, not the bureaucracy or the public. These "servants of power" defined world views for the president, not only advising but often taking action to implement those world views. The essays in this volume focus on nine servants of power. Brooks Adams, brother of Henry Adams and advisor to Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, greatly influenced early American expansionist thinking by supporting Frederick Jackson Turner's Frontier Thesis. Charles Conant, in the same era, profoundly affected America's economic relationship with Asia and Latin America. During the Wilson administration, Admiral William Caperton's views influenced foreign policy in the Caribbean and Latin America. Controlling J. P. Morgan's overseas investments, Thomas Lamont had direct access to and considerable influence upon every president in the 1920s and 1930s. Adolf Berle, advisor to Franklin Roosevelt, guided the United States' economic and security policies for the post-World War II era, preparing the way for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Arthur Vandenberg and Senator Gerald P. Nye championed United States isolationist policies in the early years of the cold war. Vandenberg later turned internationalist and used his position as ranking Republican on the Committee to promote President Truman's foreign policies in Congress. His advice to Truman was crucial in the founding of the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Thomas Mann, Undersecretary of State for Latin American affairs in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, was instrumental in turning the United States away from the Alliance for Progress and back to a hard-line policy. A former Harvard dean, McGeorge Bundy influenced the Kennedy-Johnson experiments in global social engineering and the escalation of the Vietnam War. The rise of the United States to the status of the world's lone (and often highly perplexed and frustrated) superpower cannot be understood without understanding these nine influential men and their roles in recent American history. The volume also stands as a tribute to Fred Harvey Harrington, professor of history and former president of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All of the contributors began their distinguished careers as students of Harrington
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non fiction
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  • McCormick, Thomas J
  • LaFeber, Walter
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  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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Behind the throne : servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968, edited by Thomas J. McCormick and Walter LaFeber
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-258) and index
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Brooks Adams and American expansion / William A. Williams -- Charles A. Conant, economic crises and Foreign Policy, 1896-1903 / Carl Parrini -- Admiral William B. Caperton : proconsul and diplomat / David Healy -- Thomas W. Lamont : international banker as diplomat / Robert Freeman Smith -- Walking the tightrope : Adolf A. Berle and America's journey from social to global capitalism, 1933-1945 / Thomas J. McCormick -- Thomas C. Mann and the Devolution of Latin American Policy : from the good neighbor to military intervention / Walter LaFeber -- Harry Hopkins with hand grenades : McGeorge Bundy in the Kennedy and Johnson years / Lloyd Gardner -- And then there were none : how Arthur H. Bandenberg and Gerald P. Nye separately departed isolationist leadership roles / Wayne S. Cole
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27768458
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24 cm
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xiv, 271 pages
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9780299137403
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93018754
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unmediated
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portrait
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(WaOLN)1016957
Label
Behind the throne : servants of power to imperial presidents, 1898-1968, edited by Thomas J. McCormick and Walter LaFeber
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-258) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Brooks Adams and American expansion / William A. Williams -- Charles A. Conant, economic crises and Foreign Policy, 1896-1903 / Carl Parrini -- Admiral William B. Caperton : proconsul and diplomat / David Healy -- Thomas W. Lamont : international banker as diplomat / Robert Freeman Smith -- Walking the tightrope : Adolf A. Berle and America's journey from social to global capitalism, 1933-1945 / Thomas J. McCormick -- Thomas C. Mann and the Devolution of Latin American Policy : from the good neighbor to military intervention / Walter LaFeber -- Harry Hopkins with hand grenades : McGeorge Bundy in the Kennedy and Johnson years / Lloyd Gardner -- And then there were none : how Arthur H. Bandenberg and Gerald P. Nye separately departed isolationist leadership roles / Wayne S. Cole
Control code
27768458
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 271 pages
Isbn
9780299137403
Lccn
93018754
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
(WaOLN)1016957

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