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Missionary for freedom : the life and times of Walter Judd
Edwards, Lee.
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New York, N.Y. : Paragon House, [1990]

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364 pages ; 24 cm
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E840.8.J83 E38 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Although many Americans may not have heard of Walter Judd, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota (1943-62), few will be left unmoved after reading this engrossing political biography of a man who made an indelible imprint on history. Through his legislative efforts, Judd helped establish the World Health Organization, UN, NATO, Voice of America, and the Marshall Plan; a former medical missionary in China and an expert in Asian affairs, Judd served as a foreign adviser to four presidents, including Ronald Reagan; he also received the 1981 Presidential Medal of Freedom and, with amazing foresight, predicted the fall of communism. Edwards, a friend and political supporter of his subject, not surprisingly writes a flattering account focused primarily on Judd's rich, multifaceted public life; but the author also candidly reveals Judd's personal setbacks and failings, such as his valuing work above family. This lively, well-researched biography is filled with telling quotes and details that add immeasurably to our understanding of U.S. political history and Chinese-American relations. Notes, selected bibliography; to be indexed. --Mary Banas

Publisher's Weekly Review

The remarkable career of Judd, now age 92, who after 10 adventurous years as a medical missionary in China served for 20 as a forceful and liberal Republican congressman from Minnesota, is recounted in a splendid biography by Boston Globe columnist Edwards ( Ronald Reagan ). While recognizing his Jeffersonian hero's ``monumental ego'' and verbosity, the author records with fervent admiration his crucial sponsorship of the U.N., the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and freer immigration policies, as well as his role as a foreign affairs adviser to presidents from FDR to Nixon, whose pro-China policy he deplored. In active retirement, Judd has expressed opposition to a federal judiciary and advocated caution in dealing with Gorbachev. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Congressman Judd (R-Minn., 1942-62) was admired for his talents and dedication as a medical missionary in China and as a speaker and writer for freedom in the world. He spoke out against U.S. trade agreements with Japan that provided the latter with various war materials in the late 1930s, and he vigorously campaigned against admitting China into the United Nations. Judd's forceful personality, eloquence, and deep knowledge of foreign affairs made him a memorable member of Congress; his outstanding keynote address at the 1960 Republican national convention almost landed him the vice-presidential spot on Richard Nixon's presidential ticket. Because this biography is well researched and informative, it will be useful to political scholars, and it is engaging enough to appeal to general readers as well. Recommended. Conservative Book Club selection.-- David Steiniche, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.