In this impressive biography, Bruce L. R. Smith tells the story of this remarkable life, which also reflects much of the story of America in the last half of the twentieth century.
Through the eyes, diary, and notes of a key participant, the book provides a contemporaneous perspective on such major events as the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the CIA’s Operation Mongoose against the Castro regime, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, and the elections of the 1960s. This book is a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of the people who dealt with the great issues and made critical life-and-death decisions for America during the cold war.
Bruce L. R. Smith is a retired professor political science at Columbia University and senior staff member at the Brookings Institution. His work has been in the fields of American politics, American foreign policy, and the impact of science on public affairs. His previous books include Lincoln Gordon: Architect of Cold War Foreign Policy; Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities (with J. D. Mayer and A. L. Fritschler); The Advisers: Scientists in the Policy, American Science Policy Since World War II; and The RAND Corporation: Case Study of a Nonprofit Advisory Corporation.
Contents:AcknowledgmentsPrologue1. Beginner Boy2. Teacher’s Pet3. Student Federalist4. With Bowles and Humphrey5. Bowles in Congress6. The 1960 Presidential Election7. The New Frontier8. Intelligence and Covert Operations9. The Cuban Missile Crisis10. Diplomacy11. The Overthrow of Diem12. The Gulf of Tonkin Crisis13. The 1964 Vice Presidency14. The Humphrey-Hughes Memo15. Point of No Return16. Speaking Out17. The Most Turbulent Year18. London19. Carnegie: The House That Hughes BuiltEpilogueNotesIndex