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American Ambassador : Joseph C. Grew and the Development of the United States Diplomatic Tradition - Waldo H. Heinrichs

American Ambassador

Joseph C. Grew and the Development of the United States Diplomatic Tradition

Paperback Published: 27th November 1986
ISBN: 9780195041590
Number Of Pages: 472

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The story of Joseph Clark Grew (1880-1965) is the story of the modern American diplomatic tradition. Grew served the U.S. government for over forty years, with an impressive career that included two ambassadorships, two secretaryships, two ministerships, and every junior rank in the service. Grew was in Berlin when the U.S. went to war with Germany in 1917, was American Ambassador to Japan during the years leading up to Pearl Harbor, was Undersecretary of State during the war, and was instrumental in planning U.S. postwar strategy in the Far East. In this rich and intimate biography, Heinrichs draws on Grew's vast diary, correspondence, and several private and official collections to reconstruct the life of an extraordinary career diplomat. Here, Joseph C. Grew emerges as a man of peace who used both skill and insight to slow the world's progress toward World War II.

"This is first-rate biography and first-rate history....It is a book about the deepening and broadening of a rather shallow and frivolous aristocrat who entered diplomacy as an escape after the joys of Groton and Harvard....It is also a book about the coming of age of American diplomacy between the world wars. Finally, and most absorbingly, it is about the collision course with Japan from 1932 onward, when Grew arrived in Tokyo as our Ambassador."--The New England Quarterly "A well written biography....Sharpens our knowledge of U.S.-Japanese relations.--Choice "The book is full of meat and tells much of our recent history that should not be forgotten."--Saturday Review "Heinrichs has carefully detailed his subject's trek through time....An excellent first effort in the field of diplomatic biography."--The Journal of American History "[A] carefully researched and well-written study."--The Review of Politics "This is first-rate biography and first-rate history....It is a book about the deepening and broadening of a rather shallow and frivolous aristocrat who entered diplomacy as an escape after the joys of Groton and Harvard....It is also a book about the coming of age of American diplomacy between the world wars. Finally, and most absorbingly, it is about the collision course with Japan from 1932 onward, when Grew arrived in Tokyo as our Ambassador."--The New England Quarterly "A well written biography....Sharpens our knowledge of U.S.-Japanese relations.--Choice "The book is full of meat and tells much of our recent history that should not be forgotten."--Saturday Review "Heinrichs has carefully detailed his subject's trek through time....An excellent first effort in the field of diplomatic biography."--The Journal of American History "[A] carefully researched and well-written study."--The Review of Politics "The narrative is suspenseful. Heinrichs has gone so deeply into the past that the reader relives it and shares Grew's anxieties from moment to moment and month to month."--The New Yorker "The scholarship for this work was tremendous."--Library Journal

ISBN: 9780195041590
ISBN-10: 0195041593
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 27th November 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.45 x 13.67  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41