The process that produced this book began on a snowy afternoon in Balti-
more in
much like this one in Louisville in
listening to Milton S.
Eisenhower's views on the
invasion of the Dominican Republic in
After four hours of conversation and a big manhattan in a Disney car-
toon tumbler, he suggested I apply to Johns Hopkins for graduate school.
My interest in the Dominican Republic and my association with the Johns
Hopkins University began with Dr. Eisenhower, and so does this attempt to
thank as many of the people who have helped me write this book as I can re-
member. The first who comes to mind is my friend Paul Haspel, who initi-
ated the chain of introductions that led to my interview with Milton Eisen-
hower, and who drove me through the snow to see him. Since then, there
have been hundreds of people who have given me introductions and rides,
among a thousand other kinds of assistance, from my mentors to the people
who picked me up hitchhiking on the way to the Hoover Library in Iowa.
Edward Crapol's classes at William and Mary motivated me to study
diplomatic history, and he directed the thesis that involved my interview
with Milton Eisenhower, among other Eisenhower administration offi-
cials. At Johns Hopkins, Louis Galambos, editor of the Dwight Eisenhower
Papers (and strayed disciple of Samuel Flagg Bemis), guided me through my
dissertation; Franklin W. Knight directed my Latin American studies and
assisted me in receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in the Domi-
nican Republic; and Francis E. Rourke schooled me in the perspectives of
political science and bureaucracy studies. Professors Galambos, Knight, and
Rourke constituted my dissertation committee, which was hard service at
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