American Ambassador: Joseph C. Grew and the Development of by Waldo H Heinrichs

By Waldo H Heinrichs

The tale of Joseph Clark Grew (1880-1965) is the tale of the fashionable American diplomatic culture. Grew served the U.S. govt for over 40 years, with a magnificent profession that integrated ambassadorships, secretaryships, ministerships, and each junior rank within the carrier. Grew used to be in Berlin while the U.S. went to battle with Germany in 1917, used to be American Ambassador to Japan throughout the years major as much as Pearl Harbor, was once Undersecretary of country in the course of the battle, and used to be instrumental in making plans U.S. postwar technique within the a ways East. during this wealthy and intimate biography, Heinrichs attracts on Grew's huge diary, correspondence, and a number of other inner most and reputable collections to reconstruct the lifetime of a unprecedented occupation diplomat. right here, Joseph C. Grew emerges as a guy of peace who used either ability and perception to sluggish the world's growth towards international conflict II.

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The first, on December 7, was a vague, friendly acknowledgment of the President's interest in peace. The second, December 11, amounted to a rejection of the American protest on deportations, though Zimmermann promised amelioration of conditions. Little more could be done. Later reports from friends in Brussels led Grew to believe his representations might have resulted in an easing of the practice. His fear of repudiation had been unfounded. November 22 Bethmann certainly had intended his concern to reach the President and it is to Grew's credit that he used him as a medium of communication.

He found the United States wonderfully comfortable and unchanged. It was late spring and Boston was fresh and green. He spent happy days getting reacquainted with his daughters, now ten, nine, eight, and five. He arrived in time for Anita's eighth birthday, and for Fifteenth Reunion festivities at Harvard. 41 In January 1918 Grew was sent on a propaganda mission to the Midwest to spark lagging Liberty Bond Sales. He was accompanied by his good friend Hugh Gibson, who, as Secretary of Legation in Brussels, had started Grew Wartime Berlin 33 along the thorny path of Belgian deportations.

43 In 1911 when he went to Vienna as First Secretary, Grew had his first responsibility for running the Chancery, or Embassy office. Now he could satisfy his passion for orderliness and efficiency, and get "the reins . . " A dusty safe was cleaned out; correspondence was brought up to date. Soon the Department of State was ranking Vienna first among the embassies in the value and extent of its reports and clipping service. It was not long before the Ambassador complacently allowed his First Secretary to draft all diplomatic notes.

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