Taking on the World by Robert W. Merry
Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century

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Traces the careers of journalists and columnists Joseph and Stewart Alsop, who, through their uncontested ascendence among the Washington press corps and high society, influenced the course of the Cold War. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

About Robert W. Merry

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Robert W. Merry is vice president and executive editor of Congressional Quarterly Inc.
 
Published February 1, 1996 by Viking Adult. 672 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Born into a wealthy Connecticut family in the early 1900s, the Alsop brothers followed a trajectory of American aristocracy from private school (Groton) to the Ivy League (Harvard for Joe, Yale for Stewart) to the top tier of Washington, D.C., society.

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In the aftermath of that fiasco, their faith in American power bowed but not broken, Joseph summed up their beliefs: ``Nothing endures, because there is always change, and there is always war.'' An important and thoroughly well written addition to the literature on ``the American century.''...

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``At every crisis and critical juncture,'' writes Merry, ``they were there to give expression to the principles and impulses that guided the nation's foreign-policy leaders and shaped its role in the world.'' Their illuminating commentary on the great issues of the day, from the end of WWII to th...

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The acclaimed biography of the midcentury journalist brothers who shaped U.S. policy and articulated the liberal ideals of the ruling class.

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