Danger and Survival (Magill's Literary Annual 1989)
McGeorge Bundy’s Danger and Survival: Choices About the Bomb in the First Fifty Years is a fascinating and important book. This comprehensive history surveys the ways national leaders have dealt with nuclear weapons, from the beginning of the nuclear era through the Reagan Administration. Bundy’s message is a comforting one: We can control and live with the bomb. Bundy acknowledges that statesmen have failed to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons; however, he argues that far more significant is the fact that since 1945 no such weapon has ever been used. Bundy sees the danger of nuclear war declining with each passing decade. Never, he declares, has there been a serious threat of a nuclear exchange.
Bundy writes with the authority of a man of affairs as well as a scholar. He has lived close to power ever since, as a young man, he became the protégé and biographer of Colonel Henry Stimson, the secretary of war who was responsible for supervising the Manhattan Project during World War II. Whether as an academic teaching at Harvard University or New York University, or as head of the Ford Foundation, Bundy has moved in influential circles. Bundy’s most notable public service was acting as national security adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson during the years from 1961 to 1966. As such, he played a part in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when for a few days in October the world seemed to be on the brink of a...
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