The Purpose of American Politics

The Purpose of American Politics

The Purpose of American Politics

The Purpose of American Politics

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This book grew out of the Albert Shaw Lectures on Diplomatic History which I gave under the title The Purpose of America at Johns Hopkins University in April 1959. I am very grateful to Professor C. Vann Woodward of Johns Hopkins University for the intellectual and personal hospitality he extended to me.

Daniel Boorstin, Charles Burton Marshall, and Kenneth W. Thompson read the whole manuscript; Hannah Arendt, Edward C. Banfield, George F. Kennan, Henry A. Kissinger, and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., read part of it. I have greatly -- and perhaps not sufficiently -- profited from their suggestions and am very much indebted to them for their interest and contribution. However, the lion's share of improving the book is due to Alfred A. Knopf's judgment and taste.

The book was begun during the academic year 1958-9 while I was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and it was virtually completed during the following academic year while I was associated with the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research. I am most grateful for the leisure and facilities with which both institutions provided me. I was assisted competently and faithfully in my research by Miss Joan Ogden in Princeton, Mrs. Haynes Fraser in Washington, and Mrs. Yoma Ullman at Harvard, and the staff of the Center for the Study of American Foreign and Military Policy at the University of Chicago.

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