Books: Encounters with the World

PEACE AND COUNTERPEACE: FROM WILSON TO HITLER. Memoirs of Hamilton Fish Armstrong. 585 pages. Harper & Row. $12.95.

Hamilton Fish Armstrong has known everyone concerned with U.S. foreign policy from Woodrow Wilson to Henry Kissinger. Graduating from Princeton in 1916, he began his own career at roughly the moment when the country was seriously launching itself into the larger world. He traveled the ruined Balkans after World War I, then went to Paris, hoping to join the secretariat of the fledgling League of Nations. "Enemies had been beaten, dynasties toppled, peoples freed, visible...

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