The Winds of Freedom by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, inscribed to Thomas C. Mann, Assistant Secretary of State and the architect of American foreign policy in Latin America.
Octavo, xii, , 363pp. Blue hardcover, spine in blue cloth, embossed illustration on front cover. Stated “first published in 1963” on copyright page. Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, some light wear to top edge of spine, bright illustrations, an about fine example. Inscribed by Secretary of State Dean Rusk to Thomas C. Mann on front free endpaper.
In the weeks following the Kennedy assassination, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Thomas C. Mann (1912-1999) as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. This was Johnson’s first presidential appointment and a signal that he was departing from Kennedy era policies towards Latin America. During his term, Mann advocated for free enterprise in Latin America, in contrast to promoting democracy in the region. This policy change also led to an increased military presence in South America, with Johnson placing more than 22,000 troops in the Dominican Republic to oppose communist aggression. Mann resigned from the State Department in 1966 and died in 1999. Dean Rusk (1909-1994) held the position of Secretary of State from 1961-1969, serving in both the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson administrations. Rusk is the second longest serving Secretary of State after Cordell Hull.