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Offering a clear analysis of the danger of nuclear terrorism and how it can be prevented, The Partnership sheds light on one of the most divisive security issues facing Washington today. Award-winning New York Times journalist Philip Taubman illuminates our vulnerability in the face of this pressing terrorist threat--and the unlikely efforts of five key Cold War players to eliminate the nuclear arsenal they helped create. Bob Woodward calls The Partnership a "brilliant, penetrating study of nuclear threats, present and past," and David Kennedy writes that it is "indispensable reading for all who would understand the desperate urgency of containing the menace of nuclear proliferation."
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For over 65 years the world has worried about nuclear weapons. In January 2007 four prominent American statesmen published a letter in the Wall Street Journal advocating the ultimate removal of all nuclear weapons from the earth. Two former secretaries of state, George Schultz and Henry Kissinger; a former secretary of defense, William Perry; and Sam Nunn, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, crafted a collective statement calling for the eventual abolition of these weapons. Taubman, retired longtime reporter for the New York Times, traces how these four men came together in the early 21st century, and, advised by Sidney Drell, an accomplished physicist and technical adviser to Kissinger and Schultz, shook off their Cold War mentalities to promote a new conversation about the insanity of building, maintaining, and using nuclear weapons. Although supported at the outset by President Obama, the going has been slow; the abolition of nuclear weapons remains a dream. Yet, as Taubman shows, without the gravitas of these well-regarded cold warriors and their willingness to step into the fray in the twilight of their careers, the conversation would never have begun. VERDICT A well-written and extensively researched book, recommended for both general and scholarly audiences. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/11.]-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

""The Partnership" artfully weaves the threads of five notable lives into a fascinating account of nuclear strategizing over the last five decades. This unfailingly compelling narrative is indispensable reading for all who would understand the desperate urgency of containing the menace of nuclear proliferation."--David Kennedy, Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University A fascinating, haunting book. . . . Even for skeptics, Taubman s book provides an important public service by concentrating on nuclear perils that continue to slip our day-to-day notice. . . . Thought-provoking. --"The New York Times Book Review"" A fascinating portrait of an unlikely coalition of disarmament crusaders . . . . Mr. Taubman describes in chilling detail the threat of these terrible weapons falling into the worst possible hands. --"The Wall Street Journal"" An even-handed look at a convoluted history that is still unfolding. . . . Taubman does a clean job of reducing the elements to layman s terms. . . . Taubman had unparalleled access to the five men profiled here. . . . It makes for intriguing reading. --"The Los Angeles Times"" Taubman ably revisits many of the classic set pieces of the Cold War-the Cuban missile crisis, the Jasons scientific-advisory team, the nuclear alert during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik. --"The San Francisco Chronicle"" This brilliant, penetrating study of nuclear threats is in the tradition of David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan. Taubman has, perhaps as importantly, unlocked the history of the war we never had. Readers will tremble at the dangers the world has faced and still faces today. --Bob Woodward" Taubman provides a cogent and chilling summary of the threat of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century. --"The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"" "The Partnership" artfully weaves the threads of five notable lives into a fascinating account of nuclear strategizing over the last five decades. This unfailingly compelling narrative is indispensable reading for all who would understand the desperate urgency of containing the menace of nuclear proliferation. --David Kennedy, Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University" A richly detailed account of one of the most important issues of our time, "The Partnership" should be on the bedside of every presidential candidate, national affairs journalist and engaged citizen. --Tom Brokaw"" "A richly detailed account of one of the most important issues of our time, The Partnership should be on the bedside of every presidential candidate, national affairs journalist and engaged citizen."--Tom Brokaw "The Partnership artfully weaves the threads of five notable lives into a fascinating account of nuclear strategizing over the last five decades. This unfailingly compelling narrative is indispensable reading for all who would understand the desperate urgency of containing the menace of nuclear proliferation."--David Kennedy, Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University "Taubman provides a cogent and chilling summary of the threat of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century."--The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "This brilliant, penetrating study of nuclear threats is in the tradition of David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan. Taubman has, perhaps as importantly, unlocked the history of the war we never had. Readers will tremble at the dangers the world has faced and still faces today."--Bob Woodward "Taubman ably revisits many of the classic set pieces of the Cold War-the Cuban missile crisis, the Jasons scientific-advisory team, the nuclear alert during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik."--The San Francisco Chronicle "An even-handed look at a convoluted history that is still unfolding. . . . Taubman does a clean job of reducing the elements to layman's terms. . . . Taubman had unparalleled access to the five men profiled here. . . . It makes for intriguing reading."--The Los Angeles Times "A fascinating portrait of an unlikely coalition of disarmament crusaders . . . . Mr. Taubman describes in chilling detail the threat of these terrible weapons falling into the worst possible hands."--The Wall Street Journal "A fascinating, haunting book. . . . Even for skeptics, Taubman's book provides an important public service by concentrating on nuclear perils that continue to slip our day-to-day notice. . . . Thought-provoking."--The New York Times Book Review

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