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978-0-7391-7745-7 • Hardback • December 2012 • $142.00 • (£109.00)
978-0-7391-7746-4 • eBook • December 2012 • $128.00 • (£98.00)
Norman E. Saul is professor emeritus of modern Russian history at the University of Kansas.
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Glossary of Abbreviations in Notes
Chapter I A Chicago Wanderer: Family, Friends, and Associates
Chapter II The Making of a Russophile
Chapter III Entering the Political Arena
Chapter IV Confronting a World in Turmoil
Chapter V The President’s Agent
Chapter VI New Ventures
Chapter VII Legacy
While being the first and brilliant biography of Charles R. Crane, the new Norman Saul’s book is also a biography of American society and Russian-American relations in the decades when the United States emerged as a world power.
— Victoria I. Zhuravleva, Russian State University for the Humanities
Charles R. Crane is a pivotal, controversial, colorful— and until now, mostly overlooked—figure in the 1880s to 1930s U.S. rise to world power. Norman Saul, exploiting newly available letters and documents, has finally given us a major biography that deals with (among the many obsessions of a full life), Crane’s Gilded Age financial power; significant diplomatic experiences with the Chinese and Russian revolutions; anti-Semitism; initial American dealings with the oil-rich Saudis; direct involvement with Woodrow Wilson’s failure to find a long-lasting peace; and even the beginnings of Russian studies in U.S. universities. Professor Saul’s work should reopen important questioning of some historic issues that most have thought settled.
— Walter LaFeber
Charles R. Crane received minimal formal education, however, he became instrumental in developing Russian studies in the US and helped reconstruct the remains of the ancient Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, Russian, and Chinese Empires after the First World War. His life personifies America’s rise from the status of a provincial country to a world power. This book is rich in details both of Crane’s personal life and of the US relations with the Central Europe, Russia, China and other remote lands in the late 19th- and first quarter of the 20th Century. I recommend it for those who want to understand the circumstances of the US entering international affairs, the sources of its policies toward Central Europe, Middle East or Russia, or to learn about the career of a person who confidently faced the end of the old world and helped design a new one.
— Ivan Kurilla, Volgograd State University
Norman E. Saul’s thoroughly documented book attempts to bring together the dispersed strands of this restless man’s life and passions. This is by no means an easy undertaking...As one reads Saul’s account, it is impossible not to be impressed by the sheer number of Crane’s journeys as well as the variety of their itineraries....Saul undertook a daunting task, [with] his editorial decision to tread lightly and give Crane the benefit of the doubt allows him to present a largely empathetic portrayal that will ultimately be appreciated by those who want to see Crane in his complexity. Saul’s book brings us several steps closer to understanding Crane and in the process offers a new perspective on the operations of early twentieth-century diplomacy and the origins of Russian Studies in the United States.
— The Russian Review
Norman E. Saul is a serious scholar. . . . Saul’s scholarship has been characterized by detailed accounts backed by extensive research. ... Saul is to be congratulated for delivering a very interesting account of Crane’s life during America’s emergence as a world power.
— Journal of American History