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Secretary of state from 1949 to 1953, Dean Acheson exerted an enormous influence on the direction of American foreign policy. This collection makes available the transcripts and/or minutes of Acheson's top-secret conversations and meetings from 1949 to 1953 with notable individuals such as President Truman and General George C. Marshall. The range of issues reflects the major preoccupations of the postwar era: NATO, the Korean crisis, foreign aid, the China question, and the status of Israel, to name just a few.

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