An American Ambassador's Unique
Perspective on East- West Issues
JACOB D. BEAM
W • W • NORTON & COMPANY • INC • New York
If I were simply writing my memoires I would have to begin with Geneva where I started serving in 1931 as a vice-consul and emergency code clerk equipped to handle the consulate's cable traffic generated by the 1932 World Disarmament Conference and League of Nations discussion of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. Those were indeed distant days, as I was reminded by a recent meeting with some graduate students—many of whom did not recall the significance of 5-5-3 as the ratio of capital ships which we and the British sought to impose on the Japanese.
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