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"Grey is the color of truth."
So observed Mac Bundy in defending America's intervention in Vietnam. Kai Bird brilliantly captures this ambiguity in his revelatory look at Bundy and his brother William, two of the most influential policymakers of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. It is a portrait of fiercely patriotic, brilliant and brazenly self-confident men who d
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 21st 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 1998)
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Timothy McCluskey
This is an excellent book for many reasons least of which it is well written. The Bundy Brothers were brilliant and exceptionally well educated but for all their knowledge and training they were absolutely tone deaf to any culture other than that of New England and by extension America. As a result they were totally unable to understand the interests of Southeast Asians. All of which lead to the debacle of Viet Nam.
Jemera Rone
What a fabulous biography! The brothers' elite education and Brahmin origins only supplemented their high IQs. Thus the term, " the best and the brightest." I well remembered Mac George's role in the Vietnam war, but I had forgotten about his shake-up of NYC politics when, after reading Gunnar Myrdal, he threw the Ford Foundation's considerable resources into trying to enccourage black activism. This earned him the animus of the NYC teachers' union and undoubtedly contributed to the creation of ...more
Christopher
Thorough and excellent. Won't be surpassed.
Kirk Bower
Very well written. Great look at the Bundy brothers "behind-the-scenes" influences on foreign affairs in JFK and LBJ's administration. I believe it shines much light on the height of the cold war.
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Kai Bird is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, best known for his biographies of political figures. He has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, the Duff Cooper Prize, a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Contributing Editor of The Nation magazine.

Bird was born in 1951. His father was a U.S. Foreign Service officer
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