Henry R. Luce, Time, and the American Crusade in Asia



This book shows how Henry Robinson Luce used his famous magazines to advance his interventionist agenda in Cold War China, Korea, Japan, and above all, Vietnam. This is the first balanced work on Luce and his influence, using hitherto undiscovered or inaccessible sources. Luce saw the American Century as the heir to the fading British Empire; he failed to see the hubris and cultural blindness that would lead to disaster in Vietnam - a disaster for which his magazines paved the way.

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$56.95  $52.39
Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
July 18, 2005
6.44 X 1.19 X 9.4 inches | 1.46 pounds

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About the Author

Robert E. Herzstein is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina where he teaches. He is the author of numerous books including Henry R. Luce: A Political Portrait of the Man Who Created the American Century, Waldheim: The Missing Years, Roosevelt and Hitler: Prelude to War, Adolf Hitler and the German Trauma, and The Nazis (Time-Life Books). Professor Herzstein is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and the recipient of various awards and grants.


"Herzstein is a historian who writes like a brilliant journalist, and a scholar whose occasional partiality never detracts from his innate fairness. His very readable new work on Luce...is a valuable, colorful contribution to modern history." The New Leader, Valentin Chu
"For sheer density of material...and for insights into the relationship between journalism and high policy, this book is very informative. I recommend it to anyone interested in U.S.-Asian relations during the early Cold war years." New York Sun, John Derbyshire
"Herzstein's evaluation of Luce's accomplishments and shortcomings is judicious and balanced." - Qiang Zhai, Auburn University Montgomery