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

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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
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
Thorough and excellent. Won't be surpassed.
This was an amazing book that really hooked me into what was going on during the '50s-60s. McGeorge and William Bundy had the family access and the smarts to go far in the world. Both served admiarably during WWII, and with government thereafter. Both were extremly erudite and desired for their abilities.

McGeorge was National Security Advisor for President Kennedy. He did a satisfactory job, but from Bird's work it appears that he wasn't always showing his cards. William, his older brother, was
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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