PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST by Adlai E. Stevenson

PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST

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This is a collection of speeches, given during 1959 before businessmen, students, educators and civic groups, in which Mr. Stevenson discusses the democratic attitude toward world economic development, arms control, Red China, the Middle East, the purposes of business enterprise, the responsibilities of private power, public education and the dilemma of urban renewal. Defining the two most dangerous realities facing the post-war world as the multiplication of nuclear weapons and the disparity in living standards between the rich nations and the poor, he stresses the necessity of the U.S. taking the initiative in the arduous search for controlled disarmament and he urges that the U.S. put economic development on the same level of urgency as national defense. He deplores the fact that the main lines of American military and foreign policy are still those of 1947-1952 and, far from subscribing to the notion that the U.S. is tottering on the edges of bankruptcy, he maintains that the U.S. is ready for a new awakening and the achievement of greater goals. Though he discusses both fundamental aims and the content of policies this contribution to the public debate remains general rather than specific.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1960
Publisher: Random House