Fulbright: A Biographyby Randall Bennett Woods, J. William Fulbright
Pub. Date: 12/28/2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
J. William Fulbright was the second most successful Oxford-educated politician to come from Arkansas. Author of the Fulbright-Connally resolution that committed the United States to participating in the U.N., and creator of the exchange program that bears his name, Fulbright was the longest serving chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This volume describes… See more details below
J. William Fulbright was the second most successful Oxford-educated politician to come from Arkansas. Author of the Fulbright-Connally resolution that committed the United States to participating in the U.N., and creator of the exchange program that bears his name, Fulbright was the longest serving chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This volume describes the family dynamic, educational process, and environments--Arkansas, Oxford, Washington, D.C.--which produced this remarkable man. It delves into his complex attitude toward race and details Fulbright's role in the civil rights movement. The narrative includes the major international events of the Cold War era--the Suez Crisis, the U-2 incident, the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the ABM controversies, the Arab-Israeli conflict--and Fulbright's role in them. Woods explains Fulbright's shift from a champion of executive power in foreign affairs to a defender of congressional prerogatives.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Of poets, Prussians and plutocrats; 2. Oxford; 3. First family of Fayetteville; 4. A political education; 5. Taking the stage; 6. The conscience of a conservative internationalist; 7. European federation and trickle-down integration; 8. 'Washington's cleanup man'; 9. The enemy within; 10. The junior senator from Arkansas; 11. Massive retaliation, Suez, and the struggle for an alternative foreign policy; 12. Little Rock and foreign aid; 13. A changing of the guard; 14. Camelot and Cuba; 15. 'Freedom's Judas-goat'; 16. A creative tension; 17. Of myths and realities; 18. Avoiding Armageddon; 19. Escalation; 20. Texas hyperbole; 21. The hearings; 22. The politics of dissent; 23. Widening the credibility gap; 24. The war in Washington; 25. 'The price of empire'; 26. Denouement; 27. The politics of a Dixie dove; 28. Nixon and Kissinger; 29. Of arms and men; 30. Struggle for the vital center; 31. Sparta or Athens?; 32. Cambodia; 33. A foreign affairs alternative; 34. Privileges and immunities; 35. Divided minds; 36. The invisible wars; 37. Dancing with Henry; 38. Broken fences; 39. Life after office; 40. Conclusion; Index.
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