POPULAR DIPLOMACY AND WAR by Sisley Huddleston

POPULAR DIPLOMACY AND WAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An angry man attacks all-out the ""new diplomacy"" of mass interest in international relations. His creed is the opposite of ""open convenants openly arrived at"", in fact he states categorically that there is ""No argument as to the causes of the Second World War. The culprits were the men of Versailles who brought to ripeness the poisonous fruits of popular diplomacy."" He points to recent civil wars, upheavals, concentration camps etc. all in a lump, and blames the international organizations, meetings and committees for playing the major role in creating these ills. He describes modern diplomats as ""Clamor Boys of diplomacy, who from capital to capital carrying their messages of fear and distrust."" The author feels himself well qualified, states, ""In literal fact, I know far more about a number of important countries than any foreign minister I have ever known and I have known many."" Although many better-organized minds have voiced concern that open diplomacy has such hazards as black and white attitudes and inflexibility, Mr. Huddleston has written a confused, single-minded and repetitious book in his efforts to state his case.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1954
Publisher: Richard B. Smith