Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

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“The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors And Their Quest To Ban The Bomb,” a new book by Philip Taubman, a former reporter and editor for The New York Times, tells the little-known story of a campaign by Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, William Perry, and the renowned Stanford physicist Sidney Drell, to reduce the threat of a nuclear attack and, ultimately, eliminate nuclear weapons altogether.

Taubman’s book and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the organization through which much of the five cold warriors’ campaign has been waged, have received funding from Carnegie Corporation.

Taubman explores the motivations, past conflicts, and current debates that drive, and sometimes strain, the Cold Warriors’ bipartisan partnership. On its site, the publisher Harper Collins, says that through their stories, Taubman examines the political and technological currents that shaped nuclear strategy during the Cold War—including the 1986 Reykjavik summit, at which Reagan and Gorbachev narrowly missed a landmark agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons—and illuminates how the end of that conflict gave rise to the dangerous realities of today. He reveals the heated discussions taking place in Washington and in nuclear-weapons laboratories, and spotlights current threats and the frantic efforts of America and its allies to prevent the spread of fissile materials.  

Read the reviews in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.