Urban's is not a happy memoir. The subtitle, My War Within the Cold War, sums up his theme. The new policy involved years of often bitter struggle with both grotesque reactionaries and Western appeasers.
Modernizing the Provincial City does not tell us anything we did not already know about how the French became and are becoming what they have been and are.
Chace's Acheson is encompassing, graceful and prodigiously researched and annotated.