Concept and Controversy: Sixty Years of Taking Ideas to Market

Paperback | July 1, 2010

byW. W. Rostow

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A trusted advisor to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson and one of America's leading professors of economic history, W. W. Rostow has helped shape the intellectual debate and governmental policies on major economic, political, and military issues since World War II. In this thought-provoking memoir, he takes a retrospective look at eleven key policy problems with which he has been involved to show how ideas flow into concrete action and how actions taken or not taken in the short term actually determine the long run that we call "the future."

The issues that Rostow discusses are these:

  • The use of air power in Europe in the 1940s
  • Working toward a united Europe during the Cold War
  • The death of Joseph Stalin and early attempts to end the Cold War
  • Eisenhower's Open Skies policy
  • The debate over foreign aid in the 1950s
  • The economic revival of Korea
  • Efforts to control inflation in the 1960s
  • Waiting for democracy in China
  • The Vietnam War and Southeast Asian policy
  • U.S. urban problems in disadvantaged neighborhoods
  • The challenges posed by declining population in the twenty-first century

In discussing how he and others have worked to meet these challenges, Rostow builds a compelling case for including long-term forces in the making of current policy. He concludes his memoir with provocative reflections on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and on how individual actors shape history.

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A trusted advisor to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson and one of America's leading professors of economic history, W. W. Rostow has helped shape the intellectual debate and governmental policies on major economic, political, and military issues since World War II. In this thought-provoking memoir, he takes a retrospective lo...

W. W. Rostow (1916–2003) was Professor of Economics and History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292726198

ISBN - 13:9780292726192

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Table of Contents

Preface1. A Backward Glance: 1916-19382. The Use of Air Power in Europe, 1942-1945: Should the Allies Have Won the War in Europe in 1944?3. The United States and the Soviet Union, 1945-1999: The Hinge Was Poland4. The Death of Stalin, 1953: The Timing May Have Been Off5. Open Skies, 1955: A Useful Failure6. Eisenhower and Kennedy on Foreign Aid, 1953-1963: The White Hats Triumph after a Fashion7. The Republic of Korea: My Marginal Association with a Miracle8. The Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Efforts to Control Inflation, 1957-1972: Innovations Should Be Institutionalized9. China, 1949-: Waiting for a Democratic Revolution10. Vietnam and Southeast Asia: Should the Ho Chi Minh Trail Have Been Cut?11. The Urban Problem, 1991-: Prevention versus Damage Control12. Population, Modern Japan's Fourth Challenge: The Central Problem of the Twenty-first Century13. The Long and Short Periods: A Possible Binding Thread14. Two Final Reflections: One about the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, the Other about the Individual and HistoryAppendix A. Draft of Proposed U.S. Plan for a European Settlement: February 1946Appendix BAppendix C. Text of W. W. Rostow's Seoul National University SpeechAppendix D. Andrews and Ortega Elementary Schools: Texas Academic Achievement Analysis, 1994-2002NotesIndex

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Rostow can be placed in the category of Dean Rusk and others who pondered difficult issues, made judgments, and had to live with them. . . . He was part of the establishment, a wise man, one who was very successful. . . . [His] memoirs are bound to interest many people, scholars and officials alike. They [offer] a fascinating look at several decades of history and scholarship. - Thomas W. Zeiler, author of Dean Rusk: Defending the American Mission Abroad