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Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

William Lasser


A key figure in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894–1983) was a major architect of public policy from the first days of FDR's presidency through the early days of the Cold War. Although he kept a low public profile, Cohen's influence extended across a wide range of domestic and foreign policy initiatives. This biography offers an account of Ben Cohen's life and career, and an assessment of his contribution to the origin and development of modern American liberalism. Cohen's life provides an extraordinary lens through which to view the devel ... More

Keywords: Benjamin V. Cohen, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Cold War, domestic policy, foreign policy, modern American liberalism, Brain Trust, New Deal, State Department

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088793
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Lasser, author