A second collection of articles from the Times Sunday Magazine reflecting the erosion of American self-confidence. The Cold War dominates diplomacy during the Truman years. With the Eisenhower administration, Henry Kissinger asserts that the weakening of the Western Alliance is as dangerous as ""Moscow's threat."" Later involvement in Vietnam becomes embarrassing and under LBJ the country's spokesmen begin to doubt America's right to police the world, her stance in the missile race, and even the ability to find an honorable and speedy way out. The authors include many of the last quarter century's policy-makers and responsible observers--among them Foster Dulles and Fulbright, Robert Oppenheimer and Walt Rostow, Kissinger and George Kennan.