The color of truth : McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, brothers in arms : a biography

Bird, Kai

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  • Creator Kai Bird
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Simon & Schuster, [1998] ©1998
  • Physical Details
    • 496 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780684809700, 0684809702
  • OCLC ocm39281840


  • "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." "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. Both were intimately involved in many of the triumphs and deceits of the Kennedy years, including the Bay of Pigs fiasco, plots to assassinate 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." "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."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-474) and index.
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