By Howard B. Schaffer

ISBN-10: 0807828254

ISBN-13: 9780807828250

During this first biography of Ellsworth Bunker (1894-1984), Howard Schaffer lines the lifetime of one in every of America's best diplomats of the postwar period from his early life as a profitable businessman and lobbyist via a protracted profession in foreign affairs.

Named ambassador to Argentina by means of Harry Truman in 1951, Bunker went directly to serve six extra presidents as ambassador to Italy, India, Nepal, and Vietnam and on unique negotiating missions. A widely known ''hawk,'' Bunker assisted in shaping U.S. coverage in Vietnam in the course of his six-year Saigon posting. utilizing letters Bunker wrote to his spouse in addition to lately declassified messages he exchanged with Henry Kissinger, Schaffer examines how Bunker promoted the conflict attempt and the way he appeared his challenge. After leaving Saigon on his seventy-ninth birthday, Bunker turned a key determine within the treaty negotiations, spanning 3 presidencies, that noticeably replaced the operation and protection of the Panama Canal.

Highlighting Bunker's perspectives at the craft of international relations, Schaffer paints a posh photograph of a guy who committed 3 many years to foreign affairs and sheds new mild on post-World warfare II American international relations.

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In the1930s he became closely acquainted with PostmasterGeneral James A. Farley, then the powerful national chairman of the Democratic Party. Bunker was briefly active himself in partisan politics in 1936, when he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee’s finance committee and raised funds for Roosevelt’s race against Governor Alfred M. Landon of Kansas. 29 Bunker himself contributed $2,000 to the Roosevelt campaign, not a small sum in those days. 30 To Bunker’s pleasure, the more optimistic forecast was borne out in the election two weeks later.

Bunker did not try to justify Perón’s repressive actions but sought to put them in perspective. The Latin view of democracy and civil liberty dif30 ‘‘Correct’’ Year with the Peróns fered from the North American, and Latins had less experience in selfgovernment. ’’ 33 In Bunker’s view, the United States should not let the differences worry it too much. Where actions are taken that do not concern it, it should keep its hands off even though it may dislike what is being done. S. comments and attacks in the American press.

Ellsworth’s widowed mother remained on in the family’s big North Broadway residence until she died in 1942. The house was sold soon afterwards, ending the Bunkers’ half-century link with Yonkers. Ellsworth and Harriet were a devoted couple over their forty-four years of married life. A strong, likeable, somewhat reserved woman, Harriet was every bit Ellsworth’s intellectual equal, though like most young women of her background in those days she had not gone to college. She was forthright in her opinions and shared Ellsworth’s good sense of humor.

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