AUTHORTaubman, Philip
TITLEThe Partnership: Five Cold War Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb
PUBLISHERHarper Collins Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

The subject of this book is the recent (2007) remarkable quest to abolish nuclear weapons by five men who led the U.S. nuclear arms program during the Cold War. The distinguished, bipartisan group includes two former U.S. secretaries of state, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of defense William Perry, U.S. senator Sam Nunn, and an influential Stanford University physicist, Sidney Drell. In reviewing the Cold War contributions of the group, the author provides insights into their personalities and interrelationships. The chapters are grouped into four sections. "Confronting the Threat" examines the post-Cold War nuclear weapons environment; "Pathways to Power" chronicles each man's rise to positions of responsibility in the U.S. government; and "Manning America’s Nuclear Arsenal" describes their leadership roles in U.S. nuclear weapons policy from 1969 to the end of the Cold War. The chapters in the final section, "Going to Zero," address the genesis of their ideas on nuclear abolition and their efforts to influence both U.S. and international policies. A prize-winning journalist for the New York Times from the Cold War to the present, the author employs his talent and extensive research to create an interesting account of the five men's endeavors to abolish nuclear weapons.

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