Dean Acheson

A Life in the Cold War
Beisner, Robert L.
Date published: 
April 2006

Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era - the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging fromthe the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO. Over six foot tall, with steel blue, 'merry, searching eyes' and a 'wolfish' grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character - intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colourful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.