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Our Finest Hour

Our Finest Hour

by Gregory A. Fossedal
     
 

Leaving school and family at the age of fifteen, Clayton made a fortune as founder of the largest cotton brokerage firm in the world and became an outspoken and influential activist for improved government fiscal policies. In 1944, he was appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as assistant secretary of state for economic affairs, his passionate goal being to

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Leaving school and family at the age of fifteen, Clayton made a fortune as founder of the largest cotton brokerage firm in the world and became an outspoken and influential activist for improved government fiscal policies. In 1944, he was appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as assistant secretary of state for economic affairs, his passionate goal being to bring into existence a worldwide free economy.

A businessman-statesman genius, Clayton is a forgotten titan of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Concerning Clayton's rejection, for family reasons, of a presidential appointment to serve as secretary of state, Fossedal writes, "He felt he had contributed his talents to the nation's war effort and was content with his place in history. In fact, he was one of the few men who served in Washington, D.C., in those critical years who did not write his memoirs or cultivate a biographer…. This book is meant to be Will Clayton's memoirs."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a timely, well-told story of one man's extraordinarily successful effort to shape a global, peacefully competitive economic community."
- Senator Bill Bradley

"An important addition to our understanding of modern history and particularly of the early phases of the Cold War… insightful and revealing."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Library Journal
Clayton rose Horatio Alger-style from an eighth-grade education to owning the world's largest cotton brokerage firm. He was a Southern Democrat with strong views on free trade, free enterprise, and democracy. Drawn into government service to aid in wartime procurement, he remained to play critical roles in shaping the Bretton Woods Agreement, the Marshall Plan, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) of 1947. Fossedal, a former Hoover Institution fellow, offers anecdotal evidence that Truman once asked Clayton to be Secretary of State. Fair and well documented but rather pedestrian in tone, this is the first full-length study of Clayton. Larger collections will want it.-- Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Booknews
Fossedal's biography illuminates businessman-statesman Clayton's (1880-1966) contributions to the development of American postwar foreign policy, including his central role in designing the Marshall Plan, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and the Truman Doctrine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817992019
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Publication date:
02/17/1993
Series:
HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION Series, #41
Pages:
350

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