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A Diplomatic History of the American People

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 1093 pages
Published December 31st 1980 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1958)
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Apr 30, 2016 Douglas rated it liked it
Actually kind of a fun read for what could be a textbook. The author's style is, for lack of a better word, kind of droll. Definitely old-school commanding-heights kind of history, but lots of interesting little incidents. For example, it is fairly well-known that after the UK lost an arbitration case against the US for allowing the construction and escape of the Confederate commerce raider 'Alabama,' the Foreign Office put the cancelled draft for several million dollars up on the wall as a remi ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Bobby rated it really liked it
An outstanding historical overview of American foreign policy and individual Secretaries of State and the presidential policies they worked from (or at cross purposes with). Easy-to-read, it is written for the layman, not the academic.
I learned things I'd never heard of before, such as the fact that the United States once had troops occupying part of Russia! During the intervention of 1918, Europeans and America went in to support the White Russians and help quell the chaos during the early Russ
Nov 15, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing
For a college class. But still, What a fantastic book. One of the few college texts I refused to sell back or send to DI.
James Violand
Jun 13, 2014 James Violand rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Americans
Shelves: own
Why we have done what we did in foreign relations. Shows how far we've fallen from our ideals and have become the basest pragmatics.
Aug 25, 2010 Mo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, fsot, history
Bailey's writing style makes this a fun read. The book is structured in short, digestible chapters with bibliographies at the end of each chapter. The analysis is concise and straightforward. Towards the end of the book, the author's anti-Communist position becomes unnecessarily intrusive - to the point where he justifies questionable US actions as "natural" due to Soviet aggression, i.e. during the McCarthyist Red Scare, Americans "fell victim to a natural desire to scapegoat." Apparently they ...more
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