Mr. Carr of State: Forty-Seven Years in the Department of State

Mr. Carr of State: Forty-Seven Years in the Department of State

Mr. Carr of State: Forty-Seven Years in the Department of State

Mr. Carr of State: Forty-Seven Years in the Department of State

Excerpt

As the familiar story of a poor boy's rise to a position of dignity and responsibility this biography of Wilbur John Carr deals with an experience that is so common in American life as to be almost commonplace and at the same time a mystery so complicated as to defy analysis. No satisfactory formula has even been worked out to explain the process by which ability and opportunity are combined to create achievement. This study is no attempt to unravel the secret. It is, however, an attempt to give some insight into the personality of a man who climbed the ladder of success in the Department of State and influenced the management of United States foreign relations far into the future. Copious quotation has been made from his own writing in the hope that here and there the man himself may seem to walk across the page.

The book also contains a good deal of information, from primary sources, about the inner workings of the Department of State and about the Foreign Service from the end of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the Second World War. For more than a generation Carr was responsible for much of the administrative and financial development of the Department, and he established the . . .

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