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Fulbright: A Biography Hardcover – 30 Jun 1995

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"...the exhaustive research, clear prose, and mature scholarship make this book the definitive account of Fulbright's life." H-Net Book Review

"...Woods's excellent biography provides a detailed account of Fulbright's life and political career. Gracefully written and well researched, Woods's study is sympathetic to Fulbright but independent in its judgements." American Historical Review

"...a superb life-and-times biography of one of America's leading senators of the twentieth-century, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas....Wood's study is likely to remain virtually definitive for many years to come." Georgia Historical Quarterly

"An engrossing biography..." Foreign Affiars

"...Woods wisely resists the temptation to make the crooked lines straight. ...Wood's biography--which, like Fulbright's career, is long but never dull..." The New Republic

"Because Fulbright has been one of the most important and controversial figures in 20th-century American politics, and certainly, foreign policy, this biography has long been needed. Woods has given us a most significant account, for he has a sure grasp of the larger foreign and domestic issues, the sources (especially the Fulbright papers), and Arkansas politics with which Fulbright had a love/hate relationship and where his mother was a forces as a newspaper editor. And the book is as readable as it and its subject are important." Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

"J. William Fulbright was one of the most diversely intelligent legislators of his time. He had a wonderful will to urge what was right, reverse himself on the rare occasion when he was wrong, and to annoy deeply the more rigid of the world's stuffed shirts. This fine book tells it all, and to one's true delight." John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University

"Chapter after chapter, I found myself wishing that Fulbright had been listened to, that his voice had carried farther--on Vietnam, the Middle East, overcommitment abroad, militarism, Soviet-American détente, the imperial presidency. What a different history--certainly less destructive and more progressive from that contained in this fair-minded book--we would have had if the advice of the outspoken senator from Arkansas had been heeded." Thomas Paterson, author of Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution and Professor of History, University of Connecticut

"The book is through--almost every page has an interesting bit of information." Arkansas Democratic Gazette

"Randall Woods, a distinguished diplomatic historian at the University of Arkansas, has written a thoughtful and thorough biography of one of America's most outspoken United States Senators....Based on extensive archival research and oral histories, Woods' meticul;ous study is likely to join William Berman's William Fulbright and the Vietnam War (1988) in becomming on eof the standard accounts of Fulbright and postwar American foreign policy." Robert K. Brigham, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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This book describes the family dynamic, educational process and environments - Arkansas, Oxford, Washington, DC - which produced this remarkable man. It delves into his complex attitude toward race, details Fulbright's role in the civil rights movement, and includes the major international events of the Cold War era.

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HASH(0x8a93fc84) out of 5 stars An excellent biography. 23 Dec. 2006
By M. L. Firm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I rarely read biographies, but purchased this one because I know the author, and after drinking a few glasses of wine at a book-signing reception for him, felt compelled to do so. I was fully prepared to be bored by a dry historical biography, but was surprised to find an engaging book instead.
HASH(0x8aa102b8) out of 5 stars Exceelent biography 30 Nov. 2014
By Paul D. - Published on
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An excellent biography of a Southern Senator. It was too long for my tastes but I would not know where I would cut out so maybe the author knows best.
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