Eisenhower, the Cold War, and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament
In this nuanced biography, Lawrence S. Kaplan demonstrates that Stassen's role in Eisenhower's White House deserves more analysis than it has received from scholars. Stassen came to Washington advocating the total elimination of nuclear weapons, but he quickly came to recognize that this would not happen. He refocused his efforts, working for greater international transparency and communication. The liberal internationalism that Stassen espoused became embedded in Cold War policy for decades, and he consistently provided a voice for peace in an increasingly hawkish national security establishment.
Stassen, in many ways, was his own worst enemy; his ambition and ego undermined his efforts and clouded his vision. His feuds with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles were legendary, and while Dulles often prevailed in the meeting room, Stassen's vision of nuclear restraint was one that Eisenhower shared. Kaplan's study provides a new perspective on nuclear disarmament during a critical period in US history and sheds light on Eisenhower's approach to international relations.
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"Impressive. Kaplan evinces complete command of the secondary literature, has deftly mined primary sources, and has done yeoman's work in sifting through archives. This book should endure for decades as the definitive work on Harold Stassen's Cold War diplomacy."—Yanek Mieczkowski, author of Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s
"For those of us old enough to remember Harold Stassen as a quadrennial, seemingly hapless presidential candidate, Kaplan's readable and enlightening book is an eye-opener. Based on impressive research, it shows Minnesota's 'boy wonder' as a dedicated and stubbornly persistent promoter of nuclear disarmament in the Eisenhower years."—George C. Herring, author of The American Century and Beyond: U.S. Foreign Relations,1893–2014
"Lawrence S. Kaplan has given us a great gift in his stellar book Harold Stassen: Eisenhower, the Cold War and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament. This insightful volume tells the very important story of the quest to put an end to the post World War II nuclear race and the obstacles which were not overcome in the pursuit of that elusive goal. Stassen's noble effort, his conflict with John Foster Dulles and the desire of Dwight D. Eisenhower to achieve disarmament come together in this timely and important volume that offers us an important glimpse into what might have been."—John Rothmann, coauthor of Harold E. Stassen the Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican
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