The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon Johnson and the Limits of American Power [NOOK Book]

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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...
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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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Mary Carroll
Brands--a Texas A & M historian whose previous works include "The Devil We Knew" , "Bound to Empire" (1992), and "Inside the Cold War" (1991)--reassesses Johnson's diplomatic record, placing his Vietnam policy in the context of (1) his approach to other international crises, and (2) the commitment to the global containment of Communism that he inherited from his predecessors. Brands first examines LBJ's relationships with his foreign policy advisers, many of them inherited from John Kennedy. He then analyzes less-remembered foreign policy issues of the mid-1960s--the Dominican Republic, India/Pakistan, Indonesia, the roles of France and Germany in NATO, Cyprus, and the Six-Day War in the Middle East--before tackling Vietnam. Brands argues that LBJ's successes as well as his most notable failure in foreign policy resulted, first, from his view of "American diplomacy as a branch of American politics" (which led him always to seek "the line of least political resistance"), and, second, from his "preference for the status quo." "The Wages of Globalism" asserts that "it was Lyndon Johnson's peculiar bad luck to preside over American foreign policy at the moment when . . . the Truman doctrine . . . shattered on the hard reality of a new international order." Includes notes and a select bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199729272
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 906,816
  • File size: 454 KB

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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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