American Statesmen

American Statesmen

Secretaries of State From John Jay to Colin Powell

Book - 2004
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"The Secretary of State is in charge of defining and implementing United States foreign policy. While the role has weakened over the past 50 years, a mere roll call of illustrious former Secretaries of State invokes the position's importance. Thomas Jefferson, Henry Kissinger, John Quincy Adams, William Jennings Bryan, Henry Clay, James Madison, George C. Marshall, George Schultz, and Daniel Webster are just a few of the Secretaries profiled within these 65 entries. Arranged A-Z, each essay is multifaceted and offers personal, professional, and political information. The core of each essay deals with foreign policy ideas before the Secretary took office, what American foreign policy was like while the Secretary was in office, and what major foreign policy issues were encountered during her or his tenure." "Each secretary's early life, background, education, and influences are included. Careers before becoming Secretary of State are detailed, as are expressions of ideas relating to U.S. foreign policy prior to appointment. The essays also examine the Secretary's tenure, from appointment to relations with the President, Cabinet, and Congress. The circumstances of leaving office, a post-career summary, and a general assessment of each Secretary's accomplishments and shortcomings are included. Each essay concludes with a concise and useful bibliography."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780313308284
Branch Call Number: E176 .A596 2004
Characteristics: xxxv, 571 p. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mihalkanin, Edward S.


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