Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1976. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. 24 cm. x, 356,  pages. Notes on sources. Index. DJ somewhat scuffed and edges worn. Small tears and chips. DJ has wear, soiling, tears and chips. Inscribed and signed by the author on the dedication page; inscription reads: To J. Eugene Marans, With very best wishes, George W. Ball, September 7, 1976. Marans was involved in the representation of the International Development Banks and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. George Wildman Ball (December 21, 1909 – May 26, 1994) was an American diplomat and banker. During 1944 and 1945, he was director of the Strategic Bombing Survey in London. He served in the management of the State Department from 1961 to 1966 and is remembered as a major dissenter against the escalation of the Vietnam War. He refused to publicize his doubts. He also helped determine American policy regarding trade expansion, Congo, the Multilateral Force, de Gaulle's France, Israel and the Middle East, and the Iranian revolution. This book is a critique of the foreign policy of the Nixon and Ford administrations, an appraisal of America's position as a result of that policy, and an attempt to indicate alternative courses for the future. An articulate critic both in and outside of government, he here gives the foreign policies and diplomacy of Kissinger-Nixon-Ford a scrubbing-with razors. He is especially cutting in his treatment of summitry, unilateralism, egomania, and secrecy. Drawn from the experience, thought, and action of the statesman and partner in Lehman Brothers, this work brings to the analysis of the past, present and future a penetrating intelligence and one of the best prose styles belonging to anyone in public life. He left the Johnson Administration as one of the foremost outspoken opponents of the Vietnam War. He remained engaged in the public policy discourse as an intellect continually working toward the creation of constructive policies articulated in plain language. Condition: very good / Good.
Keywords: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Foreign Relations, Unilateralism, Henry Kissinger, Detente, Japan, Communism, Middle East, Vietnam War, Nuclear Weapons, Summit Diplomacy