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With Shannon Mohan. Presidents, Policy and Process: Five Case Studies of National Security Decisions. University of Kentucky Press (in progress).

Secret Agents: President Polk and the Search for Peace with Mexico, Modern American History Series, Garland Press, 1988. (Library of Congress Call Number: E408.N45 1988. Library of Congress listing.)


Edited Editions

The Policy Makers: Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the Present, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008. "Introduction," pp. 1-3 and Chapter 4: "Senator Henry Jackson and the Demise of Détente," pp. 83-106.

State Department Policy Planning Staff Papers, 1947-1949 (3 vols.), New York: Garland Press, 1983. (Library of Congress Call Number: JX232.U54 1983. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

The Records of Federal Officials, New York: Garland Publishers, 1979. (Library of Congress Call Number: CD3021.R43. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)


Articles and Book Chapters

"What Did Nixon Learn from Eisenhower: A Speculative Essay," 25 June 2009, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Falls Church, VA.

"The Evolution of the National Security State: Ubiquitous and Endless," in The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II, Andrew Bacevich, ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

"The Presidency Unbound," Chronicle of Higher Education 54, no. 15 (December 7, 2007): B10.

"Continuity and Change in the Age of Unlimited Power," Diplomatic History 29, no. 3 (June 2005): 437-9.

"Continental Expansion and the Roots of American Foreign Policy," Journal of the West 43, no. 1 (Winter 2004): 3. Library of Congress Call Number: F591.J65. Library of Congress Catalog listing.

"Anna M. Rosenberg: An 'Honorary Man'," Journal of Military History, 68, no. 1 (January 2004): 133-161. (Mrs. Rosenberg was Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1950-1952)

"Dorothy Fosdick," in Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century, vol. 5. Susan Ware, ed. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2004: 219-220. 

"Caught in the Web of McCarthyism: Anna M. Rosenberg and the Senate Armed Services Committee," Congress and the Presidency 30, no. 2 (2003): 171-86.

"Research Note: Operation Northwoods and the Covert War against Cuba, 1961-1963," Cuban Studies, 32, March 2002. (Library of Congress Call Number: F1751.C986 Library of Congress Catalog listing.) 

"Reply," Cuban Studies 34 (2003): 198. [Reply to "Comment," by James G. Hershberg in this same volume, pp. 194-197 on "Research Note."]

"National Security Council." Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, 2nd ed. 3 vols. Alexander DeConde, Richard Dean Burns, and Fredrik Logevall, editors-in-chief. New York: Scribner, 2002: 499-500.  

"Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy and U.S. Foreign Policy," in Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy and the Spanish-American War, Edward Marolda, ed., New York: Palgrave 2001.

"National Security Act of 1947" and "National Security Council Document #68." The Oxford Companion to United States History, Paul S. Boyer, editor-in-chief, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001: pp540-1.

"The Outsider as Insider: Reflections on the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board," The Public Historian 21, no. 1 (Winter 1999): 57-62.

"Robert Cutler" and "Wayne Morse." American National Biography, 24 vols. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, general eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, Vol 5, pp 934-5 and Vol 15, pp 942-3. 

"The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board," in A Culture of Secrecy: The Government Versus the People's Right to Know, Athan G. Theoharis, ed. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

"Frank Carlucci." Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, 4 vols. Bruce W. Jentleson and Thomas G. Paterson, senior eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, vol. 1: 217.

"Open the Nixon Papers," Chronicle of Higher Education 42, no. 21 (February 2, 1996): A48.

"The Importance of Foreign Policy Process: Eisenhower and the National Security Council," in Eisenhower: A Centenary Assessment. Günter Bischof and Stephen E. Ambrose, eds. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995. 

"George Aiken, Senator from Vermont," in The Political Legacy of George D. Aiken, Wise Old Owl of the U.S. Senate, Michael Sherman, ed. Montpelier: Vermont Historical Society, 1995.

"The U.S. Must Declassify Its Cold-War Documents," (with Richard H. Kohn), Chronicle of Higher Education (Point of View) 39, no. 4 (September 16, 1992): A56. 

"President Kennedy's National Security Policy: A Reconsideration," Reviews in American History 19, no. 1 (March 1991): 1-14.

"The Historian's Dilemma," in Understanding Congress: Research, Perspectives, Roger H. Davidson and Richard C. Sachs, eds. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991. (Library of Congress Call Number: JK1061.U53 1989. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"Irrational Policies on Access to Government Records Are Undercutting Our Ability to Understand History," Chronicle of Higher Education (Point of View) 35, no. 5 (September 28, 1988): A44.

"Government-Sponsored research: A Sanitized Past?" (Roundtable with David Thelen, John Bodnar, Jannelle Warren-Findley, George T. Mazuzan and Dwight T. Pitcaithley), The Public Historian 10, no. 3 (Summer 1988): 31-58.

"The 1985 Report of the Committee on the Records of Government: An Assessment," Government Information Quarterly 4, no. 2 (Spring 1987): 143-50. 

"John Foster Dulles and the Bipartisan Congress," Political Science Quarterly 102, no. 1 (Spring 1987): 43-64.

"Jane Storms Cazneau: Disciple of Manifest Destiny," Prologue: the Journal of the National Archives, 18 (Spring 1986): 25-40. (Library of Congress Call Number: CD3020.P75. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"President Truman and the Evolution of the National Security Council," Journal of American History 72, no. 2 (September 1985): 360-78.

"Classified History," OAH Newsletter, Bloomington, IN: The Organization of American Historians, August 1984.

"In Support of History," Perspectives (American Historical Association Newsletter), February 1984.

"'On Top of Policy Hill': President Eisenhower and the National Security Council," Diplomatic History 7, no. 4 (October 1983): 307-26.

"The Public Documents Commission: Politics and Presidential Records," Government Publications Review, Vol. 9, 1982.

"Challenge of Documenting the Federal Government in the Latter 20th Century," Prologue 14 (July 1982): 89-92. (Library of Congress Call Number: CD3020.P75. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"National Security I: Inventing A Process (1947-1960)," in The Illusion of Presidential Government, Hugh Heclo and Lester M. Salamon, eds. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1981. (Library of Congress Call Number: JK516.I43. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"Destiny and Diplomacy, 1845-1865," American Foreign Relations: A History: A Historiographical Review, Gerald K. Haines and J. Samuel Walker, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981. (Library of Congress Call Number: E183.7. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"Disorder in the House: The Inaccessible Record," The Public Historian 2, no. 4 (Summer 1980): 73-83.

"Government Historical Offices and Public Records," American Archivist 41, no. 4 (October 1978): 405-12.

"History Without Historians," Newsletter, American Historical Association, February 1978.

"Foreign Policy Records and Papers: A Case Study of One Group of Documents," Newsletter, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, June-December 1977.

"Mission to Mexico: Moses Y. Beach, Secret Agent," New-York Historical Society Quarterly, July 1975. (Library of Congress Call Number: F116.N638. Library of Congress Catalog listing.)

"Secret Agents and Security Leaks: James K. Polk and the Mexican War," Journalism Quarterly 52, no. 1 (Spring 1975): 9-14, 98.


Book Reviews

Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations, by Howard Jones. Journal of Southern History LXXVII, no. 4 (November 2011): 965-966.

"Clark Clifford's Relentless Self-Promotion," Review of Clark Clifford: The Wise Man of Washington, by John Acacia, Diplomatic History 35, no. 5 (November 2011), pp. 925-8.

Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity, by Ira Chernus, Journal of American History 93, no. 3 (December 2008), p. 906.

Roundtable Discussion article on Melvin Leffler's For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, SHAFR Newsletter, August 2008.

"Silent No More": Saving the Jews of Russia, The American Jewish Effort, 1967-1989, by Henry L. Feingold. American Jewish History 93, no. 4 (December 2007): 482-484.

"The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam," by Andrew Preston, Pacific Historical Review 76, no. 3 (August 2007), pp. 509-10.

Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why, by Gerald D. McKnight, Journal of American History 93, no. 3 (December 2006), pp. 957-8.

Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors by Charles S. Maier, H-Diplo (October 19, 2006). [Roundtable with Thomas Maddux, Andrew J. Bacevich, Michael Hunt and Charles Maier.]

Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy: A Comparative Study of the Role and Influence of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Royal Instituted of International Affairs, 1939-1945, by Inderjeet Parmar, Journal of American History 92, no. 3 (December 2005), pp. 1037-8.

Averting 'The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings, by Sheldon M. Stern, Journal of Military History 68, no. 2 (April 2004), 651-2. 

Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics, by Byron C. Hulsey, Journal of American History 88, no. 3 (December 2001), pp. 1156-7.

Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC, by Amy B. Zegart, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 31, no. 2 (Autumn 2000), pp. 302-3.

"Illuminating the Twilight Struggle: New Interpretations of the Cold War," Chronicle of Higher Education 45, no. 42 (June 25, 1999): B4-6.

"History with Holes: The CIA Reveals Its Past," Diplomatic History 22, no. 3 (Summer 1998): 503-8.

In the Time of the Americans: FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur – The Generation that Changed America's Role in the World, by David Fromkin, American Historical Review 101, no. 3 (June 1996), p. 932.

"The Diplomacy of the Republic," Combined review of The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations. I. The Creation of a Republican Empire, 1776-1865 by Bradford Perkins;The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations. II. The American Search for Opportunity, 1865-1913 by Walter Lafeber;The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations. III. The Globalizing of America, 1913-1945 by Akira Iriye;The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations. IV. America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 by Warren I. Cohen, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 25, no. 3 (Winter 1995), pp. 445-51.

"The Unfortunate Exclusion of Scholars from Debate over the Future of the CIA," Chronicle of Higher Education (Point of View) 41, no. 29 (March 31, 1995).

Power and Peace: The Diplomacy of John Foster Dulles, by Frederick W. Marks, American Historical Review 100, no. 1 (February 1995), pp. 265-6. 

"History as a Period Piece?" Feature Review of The History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Policy, 1955-1956, by Kenneth W. Condit, Diplomatic History 18, no. 4 (October 1994), pp. 611-4.

"The Ubiquitous Mr. Clifford," Diplomatic History 17, no. 1 (January 1993), pp. 147-52.

Eberstadt and Forrestal: A National Security Partnership, 1909-1949, by Jeffery M. Dorwart, Journal of American History 79, no. 3 Discovering American: A Special Issue (December 1992), p. 1210.

Public and Academic History: A Philosophy and Paradigm, by Phyllis K. Leffler and Joseph Brant, Public Historian 14, no. 3 (Summer 1992), pp. 123-5.

The American "Empire": And Other Studies of U.S. Foreign Policy in a Comparative Perspective, by Geir Lundestad, American Historical Review 97, no. 2 (April 1992), pp. 641-2.

The Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo: A Legacy of Conflict, by Richard Griswold del Castillo, Journal of American History 78, no. 1 (June 1991), p. 328.

Meeting the Communist Threat: Truman to Reagan, by Thomas G. Paterson, Political Science Quarterly 104, no. 1 (Spring 1989), pp. 185-6.

Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers, by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May, Technology and Culture 30, no. 2 Special Issue: Essays in Honor of Carl W. Condit (April 1989), pp. 503-4.

White House Operations: The Johnson Presidency by Emmette S. Redford and Richard T. McCulley, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 92, no. 3 (January 1989), pp. 491-2.

The Presidency of James K. Polk, by Paul H. Bergeron, Journal of Southern History 54, no. 3 (August 1988), p. 500.

Dirkson of Illinois: Senatorial Statesman, by Edward L. Schapsmeier and Frederick H. Schapsmeier, Annals of Iowa 49, no. 5 (Summer 1988), pp. 420-2.

The New American State: Bureaucracies and Policies Since World War II, by Louis Galambos, The Public Historian 10, no. 3 (Summer 1988), pp. 105-7.

Presidential Libraries and Collections, by Fritz Veit, American Archivist 50, no. 4 (Fall 1987), p. 609.