By David Milne
Walt Rostow's meteoric upward push to power—from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to the West Wing of the White House—seemed to catch the promise of the yankee dream. Hailing from humble origins, Rostow grew to become an highbrow powerhouse: a professor of monetary background at MIT and an influential international coverage adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Too influential, in accordance with a few. whereas Rostow encouraged recognize and affection, he additionally made a few robust enemies. Averell Harriman, one in every of America's so much celebrated diplomats, defined Rostow as "America's Rasputin" for the unsavory effect he exerted on presidential decision-making. Rostow used to be the 1st to propose Kennedy to ship U.S. strive against troops to South Vietnam and the 1st to suggest the bombing of North Vietnam. He framed a coverage of army escalation, championed recklessly positive reporting, after which steered LBJ opposed to pursuing a compromise peace with North Vietnam.
David Milne examines one man's impression at the usa' worst-ever army defeat. it's a portrait of excellent intentions and deadly misjudgments. a real ideologue, Rostow believed that it really is beholden upon the USA to democratize different countries and do "good," it doesn't matter what the associated fee. America's Rasputin explores the results of this idealistic yet unyielding dogma.
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