Traditionally seen as a master of domestic politics, Lyndon
Johnson is frequently portrayed as inept in foreign relations,
consumed by the war in Vietnam, and unable to provide vision or
leadership for the Western alliance. In this persuasive revisionist
history, Thomas Alan Schwartz takes issue with many of the popular
and scholarly assumptions about the president seen as the classic
In the first comprehensive study of Johnson's policy toward
Europe--the most important theater of the Cold War--Schwartz shows
a president who guided the United States with a policy that
balanced the solidarity of the Western alliance with the need to
stabilize the Cold War and reduce the nuclear danger. He faced the
dilemmas of maintaining the cohesion of the alliance, especially
with the French withdrawal from NATO, while trying to reduce
tensions between eastern and western Europe, managing bitter
conflicts over international monetary and trade policies, and
prosecuting an escalating war in Southeast Asia.
Impressively researched and engagingly written, "Lyndon Johnson
and Europe" shows a fascinating new side to this giant of
twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that Johnson's
diplomacy toward Europe deserves recognition as one of the most
important achievements of his presidency.
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