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The Resource Stuart Symington : a life, James C. Olson

Stuart Symington : a life, James C. Olson

Label
Stuart Symington : a life
Title
Stuart Symington
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
James C. Olson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Stuart Symington is the first full-length biography of one of Missouri{u2019}s most influential and effective twentieth-century political leaders. It tells the story of a remarkable man whose adult life was spent at or near the center of power in America, a man who was talented and ambitious, yet maintained a realistic touch that enabled him to connect with ordinary people. Symington was the first secretary of the air force and a four-term senator from Missouri. Prior to his long governmental career, he was a successful businessman in New York and St. Louis, developing a national reputation as a genius who could convert failing businesses to profitability. His most notable success was with Emerson Electric Company of St. Louis, which during World War II he turned into a large manufacturer of movable gun turrets for bombers. Known as 2Harry Truman{u2019}s Trouble Shooter,3 Symington was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for six major presidential appointments{u2014}a record. As assistant secretary of war for air, he represented the War Department in negotiations leading to the National Security Act of 1947, which unified the armed services into a single national military establishment under the secretary of defense. During his tenure as secretary of the air force, he steered that organization through a series of crises, including racial integration, as it developed into an independent entity within the Defense Department. Among his other administrative positions, he served as surplus property administrator, breaking up the aluminum monopoly; director of the National Security Resources Board, where he helped develop mobilization strategy for the Korean War; and director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, where he reformed a badly managed operation. Highlights of his long Senate career include his confrontation with Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954; his conflict with President Eisenhower over the defense budget; his long, agonizing struggle over Vietnam as he changed from a leading hawk to a leading dove; and his role in uncovering information leading to congressional articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1960, and for a time appeared to be Kennedy{u2019}s choice for vice president. Well written and exhaustively researched, Stuart Symington: A Life provides a comprehensive portrait of Symington and his exceptional career, shedding new light on presidential administrations from Truman to Nixon, the Department of Defense, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The book also contributes to an understanding of the U. S. Senate, the political history of Missouri, and the relationship between business and government during and immediately after World War II."--Publishers website
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Olson, James C
Dewey number
  • 328.73/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E748.S95
LC item number
O47 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
University of Missouri Press
Series statement
Missouri biography series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Legislators
  • Symington, Stuart
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Missouri
  • Missouri
  • Symington, Stuart
  • Symington, Stuart
  • Etats-Unis
  • Biographie
  • Politik
  • Geschichte 1947-1990
  • Parlementaires
  • Sécurité nationale
  • USA
  • Missouri (Etats-Unis)
Label
Stuart Symington : a life, James C. Olson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-535) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- A rapid rise in business -- Turnaround in St. Louis -- Five E's for excellence -- From business to government -- The world's largest merchandiser -- Assistant Secretary of War for Air -- The struggle over unification -- First Secretary of the Air Force -- Integrating the Air Force -- The Berlin airlift -- The fight for air power (I) -- The fight for air power (II) -- Showdown with the Navy -- Reorganization and resignation -- Frustrated mobilization boss -- Reforming the RFC -- Beating the odds in Missouri -- Not your ordinary freshman -- Confronting McCarthyism -- Defense---a voice in the wilderness -- Into the main stream -- Reluctant favorite son -- The missile gap -- Agriculture---the other big issue -- Half-hearted run for the Presidency -- The Kennedy years -- Vietnam---from hawk to dove -- Laos, Cambodia, and the CIA -- Meanwhile, back in Missouri -- The search for peace -- The final years
Control code
52819838
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 550 pages
Isbn
9780826215031
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003017200
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Snyder copy 2 signed by author.
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)52819838
Label
Stuart Symington : a life, James C. Olson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-535) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- A rapid rise in business -- Turnaround in St. Louis -- Five E's for excellence -- From business to government -- The world's largest merchandiser -- Assistant Secretary of War for Air -- The struggle over unification -- First Secretary of the Air Force -- Integrating the Air Force -- The Berlin airlift -- The fight for air power (I) -- The fight for air power (II) -- Showdown with the Navy -- Reorganization and resignation -- Frustrated mobilization boss -- Reforming the RFC -- Beating the odds in Missouri -- Not your ordinary freshman -- Confronting McCarthyism -- Defense---a voice in the wilderness -- Into the main stream -- Reluctant favorite son -- The missile gap -- Agriculture---the other big issue -- Half-hearted run for the Presidency -- The Kennedy years -- Vietnam---from hawk to dove -- Laos, Cambodia, and the CIA -- Meanwhile, back in Missouri -- The search for peace -- The final years
Control code
52819838
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 550 pages
Isbn
9780826215031
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003017200
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Snyder copy 2 signed by author.
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)52819838

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