In 1946, William Bullitt, the first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, U.S. Ambassador to France at the outbreak of the Second World War, and onetime close advisor to FDR, wrote the first book-length, comprehensive analysis of the emerging Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. During the war, as the book's new introduction by Francis P. Sempa points out, Bullitt had repeatedly urged President Roosevelt to wage war with a view toward the postwar balance of power. Bullitt recounted in this volume how the United States missed opportunities to block Soviet geopolitical gains during the war due to a fundamental misreading of the nature of the Soviet political system.Bullitt wrote The Great Globe Itself from the perspective of a key advisor to President Roosevelt who evolved into a strident critic of the president's wartime diplomacy toward the Soviet Union. When Soviet Russia became a wartime ally of the United States, Bullitt understood that the alliance would last only until the common enemy (Hitler's Germany) was defeated.Bullitt's discussion and analysis of fundamental global geopolitical realities and his prudent counsel to couple diplomacy with force in international relations are as relevant today as when he wrote the book, nearly sixty years ago.
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About the Author
William C. Bullitt served as the United States' first Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1933-1936, and as Ambassador to France from 1936-1940. During the Second World War, Bullitt served as a "roving ambassador" for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bullitt coauthored, with Sigmund Freud, a biography of Woodrow Wilson, available from Transaction.
Francis P. Sempa is the author of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century, and has written introductions to Mahan's The Problem of Asia and The Interest of America in International Conditions and Bullitt's The Great Globe Itself, all available from Transaction. He is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and an adjunct professor of political science at Wilkes University.