The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon Johnson and the Limits of American Power / Edition 1

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Overview

In The Wages of Globalism, Brands conducts a witty and insightful tour of LBJ's foreign policy - a tour that begins in Washington, runs through Santo Domingo, Nicosia, and Jakarta, and ends in Saigon. He opens with a thoughtful portrayal of the tense but often fruitful relationship between the domineering Johnson and his advisers - Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, George Ball, Clark Clifford, Walt Rostow - as Johnson picked up Kennedy's legacy and sought to make it his own. Leaving Vietnam for the end, Brands presents the various crises with all the impact the White House felt at the time: the Dominican intervention, India's impending famine and war with Pakistan, the coup against Sukarno in Indonesia, France's departure from NATO's unified command, the threat of fighting between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus, the Six Day War, and the wrangles with Germany over money and arms. In each, Brands captures the uncertainty in Washington and the conflicting advice that Johnson received.

In a dramatic new portrait of the late ex-President Lyndon Johnson's skill in foreign policy. H.W. Brands--a Texas A&M history professor--shows how Johnson deftly balanced America's eroding dominance in the world with our international commitments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113778
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,238,456
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
H.W. Brands is Professor of History, Texas A&M University. His books on American foriegn policy include The Devil We Knew, Bound to Empire, and Inside the Cold War.

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