Shaping U. S. Foreign Policy: Profiles of Twelve Secretaries of State

Shaping U. S. Foreign Policy: Profiles of Twelve Secretaries of State

by Edward F. Dolan, Margaret M. Scariano
     
 

Beginning with Madison and the Louisiana Purchase, the book tells the stories of five secretaries of state who made major acquisitions of land, and seven secretaries who dealt with the search for peace or with the cold war.  See more details below

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Beginning with Madison and the Louisiana Purchase, the book tells the stories of five secretaries of state who made major acquisitions of land, and seven secretaries who dealt with the search for peace or with the cold war.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-9This book examines the contributions of 12 Secretaries of State ranging from James Madison, who arranged the Louisiana Purchase, to Henry Kissinger. The presentation allows readers to see how the focus of U. S. foreign policy has changed, moving gradually from land acquisition to peace preservation to containment of communism. Dolan and Scariano begin each chapter with a brief biographical introduction and then describe how the Secretary made some change in either the size of the country or its relations with other nations. The authors are positive about the men and their accomplishments and do not discuss more critical interpretations of their actions. Some background information is provided, but an elementary knowledge of U.S. history is needed to understand fully the events that are described. Black-and-white portraits and photos of each man, while attractive, add little to the text and the lack of maps is a definite drawback. A complete list of the Secretaries of State and their achievements and an extensive bibliography are appended. Carl Bartz's The Department of State (Chelsea, 1989) also gives a history of U.S. foreign policy as well as an overview of department operations.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531112649
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
Democracy in Action Ser.
Edition description:
37100 Scholastic Library
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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