Drawing on his 50 years of experience as a U.S. policymaker, presidential adviser, ambassador and arms control negotiator, Nitze ( From Hiroshima to Glasnost ) offers an uneven mix of autobiographical reminiscence and political theorizing. He provides vivid eyewitness accounts of history as he discusses his role in shaping WW II military strategy as director of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey; his work with George Kennan in containing Soviet military expansionism; his tense relationship with Dean Acheson, his onetime boss and Secretary of State under Truman; and meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and Andrei Sakharov. In chapters titled ``George Shultz and Loyalty,'' ``Will Clayton: Virtue and Competence'' and the like, Nitze combines sympathetic portraits with speculation on ways to incorporate moral values into political theory. Nitze, who came of age during the Cold War, here applies his realpolitik thinking to the post-Cold War era, suggesting among other things, carbon taxes to reduce the deficit at home and military cooperation with NATO and Russia to end the war in Yugoslavia. (Nov.)
Nitze, the former director of the foreign policy planning staff in the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, arms control negotiator during Nixon's detente era, and cofounder of John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, offers his thought-provoking reflections on the relationship between the practice of policy-making and the philosophy that should govern American foreign policy in the future. Chapters on the Soviet mind and value system are brilliantly done, as are insightful chapters on Harry Truman, James Forrestal, George Kennan, Dean Acheson, George C. Marshall, and George Shultz. The personal cameos make fascinating reading in the psycho-personal aspects of leadership and ethics. The final chapter on the United States and future policy deserves wide readership among the circles within which Nitze traveled during his illustrious career. Essential for academic libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.-- Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
After his first taste in 1940 of government work as the protege of James Forrestal, Nitze permanently gave up his brokerage career to become a consummate cold warrior. After a half-dozen official jobs in policy planning and arms control, the eminence grise here ventures some abstractions on political ethics and action, which George Kennan did incisively enough in "Around the Cragged Hill" to make his effort a surprise best-seller. That sort of popularity suggests an audience exists for Nitze's ideas, which he presents in spare prose and personal anecdotes about his numerous posts. Keyed to famous names in U.S. foreign policy, his chapters outline traits he believes characterize success. Marshall, Kennan, Acheson, Forrestal, and his hero, Truman, represent virtues in motion that he admires. Nitze lays out in the first dozens of pages the philosophical impressions, imbibed from thinkers like Heraclitus and Spengler, that he brings to his personality sketches. As his colleagues did, Nitze advises the next generation of diplomats also to bring a general theory to their work. His valedictory may remind them to formulate one.
Ambassador Nitze has served as Secretary of the Navy, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, among other roles, actively participating in the major decisions on US policy during the critical 50 years from 1940 to 1990. He presents his personal, informed point of view on the challenges of the post-Cold-War world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)