Adlai Stevenson and the World (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
John Bartlow Martin, the author of this two-volume biography, is eminently qualified as an award-winning journalist, having written many articles on social and political issues since the decade of the 1940’s. He is qualified as a statesman, having served as presidential envoy twice and having been Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and most especially qualified as a close associate of Adlai Stevenson, having worked as his adviser and writer for many years, most notably from 1952 onward. Martin brings all of these faculties to bear and, with the help of voluminous written data gathered from personal records and many public papers, has produced a highly detailed, nearly day-by-day account of Adlai Stevenson’s hectic public and social life.
This second volume is divided into two phases of Stevenson’s public commitment, titled simply “The Nation” and “The World,” by which author Martin indicates that during the decade of the 1950’s, Stevenson’s major impact was in national politics, while after 1960, his achievements were in the field of international diplomacy. Hence, Adlai Stevenson and the World recounts the years of most prestige, most popularity, most challenge, and most fulfillment for this important American who became a world leader.
During the thirteen years covered in the second volume, Adlai Stevenson enjoyed ever-increasing world renown. He was always traveling, meeting with associates and friends, giving...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
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New York Times Book Review. October 2, 1977, p. 1.
Newsweek. XC, October 24, 1977, p. 117.
Publisher’s Weekly. CCXII, July 25, 1977, p. 63.
Saturday Review. V, October 15, 1977, p. 34.
Wall Street Journal. CXC, October 26, 1977, p. 22.
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