FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND YOU by Andrew Berding

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND YOU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, co-author of The Memoirs of Cardell Hull, here provides a useful handbook on the operation at all levels of our foreign policy. This is an analysis of the State Department and the multitude of peripheral and related departments, how they function, what are their responsibilities, from what source is foreign policy formulated, revised, implemented, carried through- and kept flexible, subject to change. He is often sharply critical of factors that make proper functioning difficult (the special assistants of various Presidents, the White House advisors in the present administration). He sets his study against the long view: what it was like twenty five years ago when he was simply a representative of the press and what it is like today, and may be like tomorrow. Personal experiences and a real flair for presenting his material in lively fashion make this good reading as well as informative. The last third of the text falls into specific areas. There is a question and answer section- how can the average citizen learn, help and apply what is available to make himself a better world citizen. There is a good deal about the People to People program- and again channels by which the citizen can play his part. Probably the most newsworthy section of the book is the chapter dealing with the tragedy of the U-2 Incident- and what it did to darken the final months of the Elsenhower administration.

Publisher: Doubleday