Leslie Gelb, Son of Impoverished Immigrants Who Rose to Be US Foreign Policy Giant

Posted on September 28, 2019 1:33 am

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His was a classic example of the American Dream, a rise from a humble childhood with immigrant parents to prestigious positions within U.S. government institutions and think tanks and a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected foreign policy thinkers.

In the weeks since the death last month of Leslie H. Gelb, a number of his friends and former colleagues have shared their recollections about the man and his legacy with VOA , in particular his impact on U.S. foreign policy thinking.

Gelb, best known to his friends and colleagues as “Les,” was 82 when he passed away in New York City