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The Resource America's Rasputin : Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War, David Milne

America's Rasputin : Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War, David Milne

Label
America's Rasputin : Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War
Title
America's Rasputin
Title remainder
Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War
Statement of responsibility
David Milne
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Walt Rostow's meteoric rise to power-from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to the West Wing of the White House-seemed to capture the promise of the American dream. Hailing from humble origins, Rostow became an intellectual powerhouse: a professor of economic history at MIT and an influential foreign policy adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.Too influential, according to some. While Rostow inspired respect and affection, he also made some powerful enemies. Averell Harriman, one of America's most celebrated diplomats, described Rostow as "America's Rasputin" for the unsavory influence he exerted on presidential decision-making. Rostow was the first to advise Kennedy to send U.S. combat troops to South Vietnam and the first to recommend the bombing of North Vietnam. He framed a policy of military escalation, championed recklessly optimistic reporting, and then advised LBJ against pursuing a compromise peace with North Vietnam. David Milne examines one man's impact on the United States' worst-ever military defeat. It is a portrait of good intentions and fatal misjudgments. A true ideologue, Rostow believed that it is beholden upon the United States to democratize other nations and do "good," no matter what the cost. America's Rasputin explores the consequences of this idealistic but unyielding dogma
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Milne, David
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.R67
LC item number
M55 2008
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political consultants
  • Economists
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Cold War
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Economic assistance, American
  • United States
  • Rostow, W. W.
  • Rostow, W. W.
Label
America's Rasputin : Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War, David Milne
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The education of Walt Whitman Rostow, 1916-1949 -- The making of an anticommunist zealot, 1950-1960 -- Rattling sabers, 1961 -- A distant voice, 1962-1963 -- The Rostow thesis, 1964-1965 -- The prophet returns, 1966 -- Postponing the inevitable, 1967 -- A world crashes down, 1968 -- Epilogue, 1969-2003
Control code
ocn133465441
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 320 p.
Isbn
9780374103866
Lccn
2007019373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
America's Rasputin : Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War, David Milne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The education of Walt Whitman Rostow, 1916-1949 -- The making of an anticommunist zealot, 1950-1960 -- Rattling sabers, 1961 -- A distant voice, 1962-1963 -- The Rostow thesis, 1964-1965 -- The prophet returns, 1966 -- Postponing the inevitable, 1967 -- A world crashes down, 1968 -- Epilogue, 1969-2003
Control code
ocn133465441
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 320 p.
Isbn
9780374103866
Lccn
2007019373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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