The American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy - Vol. 11

The American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy - Vol. 11

The American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy - Vol. 11

The American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy - Vol. 11

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A third of a century has passed since Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. published, 1927-29, in ten volumes, The American Secretaries of State and their Diplomacy, covering the period 1781-1925, with a preface by Gaillard Hunt and a Historical Introduction by James Brown Scott, one of an Advisory Board that included also J. Franklin Jameson and H. Barrett Learned, with the undersigned serving as Editor. The Advisory Board are all deceased now, and most of the authors of the diplomatic sketches of the successive Secretaries of State down to and including Charles Evans Hughes. The old Knopf series eventually went out of print; the publisher is understood to have melted up the plates for much needed metal during the Second World War. A few years ago Pageant Book Company of New York City arranged with Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. for a reprint of the old series in five two-in-one volumes (New York, 1958). The success of the reprint stimulated the preparation of six new volumes of which one now in the reader's hands is the first to appear under the imprint of Cooper Square Publishers, an independent lineal offshoot of Pageant Book Company.

What tremendous events and occurrences have beset the world since 1925 to perturb the orbits of American foreign policy and diplomacy! Witness the Great Depression; the rise of the dictators; the Second World War . . .

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