Burke, John P., 1953-

Honest broker? : the national security advisor and presidential decision making / National security advisor and presidential decision making John P. Burke. - 1st ed. - College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c2009. - 492 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. - Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes series on the presidency and leadership . - Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. and Holly O. Hughes series on the presidency and leadership. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-462) and index.

Introduction-the case for the honest broker role -- The foundation of honest brokerage: Truman's executive secretaries, Eisenhower's special assistants -- The decline of honest brokerage: Bundy as NSC advisor -- The costs of absent brokerage: Kissinger as NSC advisor -- The benefits of balanced brokerage: Scowcroft as NSC advisor -- Weak brokerage, insurgency, and recovery: the Reagan NSC advisors -- The costs of failed brokerage: Rice as NSC advisor -- Conclusions -- Appendix A: Assistants to the president for national security affairs (NSC advisors) -- Since 1953 -- Appendix B: The others: Rostow, Brzezinski, Lake, Berger, and Hadley -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

Examines the history of the office of national security in the United States from its inception, describing how the role of the national security advisor to the president has evolved between the 1950s and 2000s, and discusses the influence of the national security advisor on the commander in chief's decisions.

9781603440981 (cloth : alk. paper) 1603440984 (cloth : alk. paper) 9781603441025 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1603441026 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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United States. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs --Decision making--History.
National Security Council (U.S.)--Decision making--History.


Presidents--Decision making--History--United States--20th century.
National security--Decision making--History--United States--20th century.

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