Books: Power, Principles & Policy

AMERICA THE VINCIBLE (306 pp.)—Emmet John Hughes—Doubleday ($3.95).

Is the stance of the U.S. in world affairs merely that of preserver of the status quo? Is U.S. foreign policy enmeshed in illusion, maladroit in method and impotent to achieve its stated ends?

Poised between exhortation and rebuke, America the Vincible offers unflattering answers to these and other significant questions. Author Emmet John Hughes, chief of correspondents in Time Inc.'s Foreign News Service, and sometime (1952 campaign, 1953, and 1956 campaign) speechwriter for Dwight Eisenhower, clearly hopes to get his fellow citizens to face the errors of the past so that they may...

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