Brecher, Frank W. 1931-
BRECHER, Frank W. 1931-
PERSONAL: Born October 6, 1931, in New York, NY; son of Lou and Rose (maiden name, Brown; later surname, Rothman) Brecher. Education: City College (now of the City University of New York), B.A., 1957; Columbia University, M.I.A., 1958; attended Princeton University, 1967-68. Religion: Jewish.
CAREER: U.S. Foreign Service, Washington, DC, counselor for Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, 1961-83; writer. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1951-54.
MEMBER: American Foreign Service Association.
AWARDS, HONORS: Fellow of National Institute of Public Administration, 1967-68; Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State, 1974.
Reluctant Ally: Foreign Policy toward the Jews fromWilson to Roosevelt, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1991.
Losing a Continent: France's North American Policy,1753-1763, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2003.
Securing American Independence: John Jay and theFrench Alliance, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2003.
Contributor to periodicals.
SIDELIGHTS: Frank W. Brecher told CA: "Two themes appeal to me. One is functional: how a society moves from a dependent to a sovereign state (therefore, my books and articles focus on U.S. policy toward the Jewish national movement up to the end of World War II, and on France's North American policy, 1753-83). The other theme is geographical (the United States and France as they interact around the globe)."
"Having spent a career in the practice of diplomacy, I developed a keen respect for those who combined that profession with the skills of a scholar (for example, G. Kennan, H. Kissinger, and, more recently, W. Zimmerman). Therefore, upon retiring from the foreign service, I was naturally attracted to trying my own hand at that combination, which I believe adds to the contributions the more traditional academic establishment makes toward an understanding of our nation's past."