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In this well-reasoned book, a distinguished American statesman discusses the problems of world power and international relations in the context of three major developments of the twentieth century—the decline of the great empires together with the rise of the United States and Russia, the discovery of nuclear weapons, and the Afro-Asian revolt against alien control. Dean Acheson points out that the successful organization of power is achieved only by the harmonious merging of economic, fiscal, military, foreign, and weapons development policies.
The book is a forceful and provocative analysis of the affairs of state in the world today. Acheson writes with candor from the “clinic of his own experience,” and speaks as one who sees a hopeful solution possible through wise conduct.