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The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms: A Biography

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The Color of Truth is the definitive biography of McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, two of "the best and the brightest" who advised presidents about peace and war during the most dangerous years of the Cold War. The Bundy brothers embodied all the idealism and hubris that animated American foreign policy in the decades after World War II. They will be remembered forever as anti-communist liberals who, despite their grave doubts about sending Americans to fight in Southeast Asia, became key architects of America's war in Vietnam.

Kai Bird, the author of The Chairman, the acclaimed biography of John J. McCloy, brilliantly recreates the world of Boston Brahmin privilege in which the Bundy brothers were reared to govern. Educated at Groton, Yale and Harvard, Mac and Bill Bundy were protégés of Henry Stimson, Dean Acheson and Justice Felix Frankfurter, and their friends and admirers included Walter Lippmann, Joseph Alsop and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Bill played a major role in the supersecret ULTRA code-breaking project that proved invaluable to the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany. Mac, a key military aide, was present at D-day and later wrote Stimson's influential but misleading essay explaining Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb.

In the 1950s, both brothers became ensnared in Senator Joseph McCarthy's witchhunts against suspected communists in government and academia. As dean of Harvard College, Mac fought to protect his tenured faculty while sacrificing junior scholars who refused to "name names" to the FBI. Bill, a high-ranking CIA official, saw his career nearly destroyed when McCarthy learned he had contributed money to Alger Hiss's defense fund. Bill's refusal to testify before the senator's committee was a turning point in the battle against McCarthyism.

The brothers reached the apex of the national security establishment under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Kennedy appointed Mac Bundy to be his national security adviser, and Bill Bundy moved into senior positions at the Pentagon and the State Department. One or the other was involved in many of the triumphs and deceits of the Kennedy years, including the Bay of Pigs fiasco, plots to eliminate Fidel Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis. But it was their role in guiding the nation to war in Vietnam that engulfed them in controversy and indelibly marked them as failed figures in American history.

At every stage of the war — from the assassination of South Vietnamese president Diem in 1963 to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, from the bombing campaign of Operation Rolling Thunder to President Johnson's July 1965 decision to send hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat troops to Vietnam — the Bundy brothers were present, urging a policy of gradual escalation. Long after Johnson had dismissed their warning that Vietnam could become a "white man's war" on the Asian mainland, the Bundys remained loyal to their liberal president, who was determined not to allow right-wing critics to accuse him of losing another Asian country to communism. Even after Mac left the government in 1966 to become the controversial president of the Ford Foundation, he remained silent on the war. Bill stayed on in Washington until 1969, prosecuting a war he knew was unwinnable.

Based on nearly a hundred interviews with the Bundy brothers, their families and colleagues, and on thousands of pages of archival documents — including some White House memos that remain classified — Bird's account contains dramatic new information that alters the history of the Vietnam War. Like the bestselling The Wise Men, this dual biography is both an inside account of the making of U.S. foreign policy in an era of nuclear weapons and a stunning group portrait of the heirs of the Wise Men — including Robert McNamara, George Ball and Robert Kennedy — and the presidents they served.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-474) and index.

About the Author

Kai Bird is the author of The Chairman: John J. McCloy: The Making of the American Establishment and a contributing editor of The Nation. A Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1 Harvey Hollister Bundy: The Patriarch
2 Groton: A Very Expensive Education
3 Yale: The "Great Blue Mother"
4 The War Years, 1941-1945
5 Stimson's Scribe
6 Portrait of a Young Policy Intellectual, 1948-1953
7 Dean Bundy of Harvard, 1953-1960
8 William Bundy and the CIA, 1951-1960
9 The Kennedy Years
10 The Cuban Missile Crisis
11 Autumn Assassinations
12 LBJ and Vietnam, 1964
13 Vietnam: The Decision, 1965
14 Vietnam Quagmire, 1966-1969
15 The Ford Foundation
16 Vietnam Aftermath

Notes
Interviews
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684809700
Subtitle:
McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms
Author:
Bird, Kai
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
National security
Subject:
Political consultants
Subject:
United States Politics and government 1945-1989.
Subject:
Political consultants -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19981008
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.58x6.42x1.43 in. 1.74 lbs.

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