John Foster Dulles: A Reappraisal

John Foster Dulles: A Reappraisal

John Foster Dulles: A Reappraisal

John Foster Dulles: A Reappraisal

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This is a book about an American by somebody British. Therefore it is understandably open to criticism on national lines. But as a lifelong friend and admirer of the United States I have tried to look dispassionately at Mr. Dulles's record from the point of view of the Western alliance as a whole, to assess his role as the natural spokesman of that alliance, and to see in particular where and why things sometimes went wrong between his country and mine. I believe profoundly in American leadership of the Western world, and it is in a spirit of frank inquiry that I have felt bound to say what I think. Certainly none of the many Americans to whom I owe so much for advice and assistance have ever suggested that I should do anything else. I am aware, nevertheless, that the result may possibly be misunderstood, and it is for this reason that I hope that all those in the United States who may read this American edition of my book will first pause and accept the spirit in which it is written.

Nothing has been changed from the British edition except for the insertion of one minor correction of fact and some editing for style. These pages therefore contain expressions and sentiments which have not been tailored for any special section of opinion. What I have done has been to write about Mr. Dulles because I was genuinely puzzled by him. In Britain, at least, he nearly always had a bad press, and it was sometimes difficult to get at the truth. Now I feel that I have done so, and I have tried to adjust some of the impressions left by the type of comment sometimes made during his lifetime. The truth is, of course, that Mr. Dulles was such a . . .

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