The Foreign Policies of Lyndon Johnson
Beyond Vietnam
6.125 x 9.25, 200 pp.
Pub Date: 05/01/1999
Foreign Relations and the Presidency
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The Foreign Policies of Lyndon Johnson

Beyond Vietnam

Edited by H. W. Brands

American political scholarship has so focused on Vietnam that little attention has been paid to Johnson's foreign policy in other regions of the world. Recently some scholars have moved beyond Vietnam to examine other aspects of American dealings with the world during the Johnson years. In this volume, H. W. Brands has gathered the work of some of the most important of these scholars, not only addressing regions other than Vietnam but also asking important analytic questions about Johnson's foreign policies.

• Robert Dallek, a Johnson biographer, evaluates the president as a world leader.

• Thomas A. Schwartz reexamines Johnson's policies toward Europe, concluding that those policies were "among the most important achievements of his presidency."

• John Prados argues that Johnson deserves more credit for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) than he has previously been given.

• William O. Walker, III, analyzes the relationship between the United States and Cuba during Johnson's presidency.

• Peter Felten explains the complicated tangle of U.S.-Dominican relations and Johnson's role in establishing the parameters of U.S. policy.

• In "Nasser Delenda Est," Douglas Little examines the principal Middle Eastern crisis of the Johnson years, the Six Day War.

• Robert J. McMahon investigates American relations with three Asian allies: Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines.

In Beyond Vietnam: The Foreign Policies of Lyndon Johnson, Brands offers scholars of the presidency and American foreign policy a compelling new look at the foreign policies of the Johnson presidency.

H. W. BRANDS is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and the author of more than a dozen books on U.S. history and foreign relations, including T.R.: The Last Romantic and What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Finally, we have reached a point where scholars have the interest and the raw historical materials which permit substantive analyses of US relations with diverse nations around the globe during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, not just Vietnam. The authors in this volume take us beyond the Vietnam War to give highly readable and well documented analyses of US foreign policy making in the Johnson White House. The research is excellent and the writing is skillful. LBJ emerges as a president who continues to surprise us."--David M. Barrett, Villanova University, editor of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam Papers: A Documentary Collection, author of Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisors

“Overall, this book provides an interesting introduction to a too rarely explored facet of Johnson’s presidency–non-Vietnam foreign policy. . . .I recommend it for all scholars studying this turbulent period of American politics.” --Rhetoric & Public Affairs


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