NPIHP Senior Advisor and Wilson Center Senior Scholar Martin J. Sherwin reviews Philip Taubman's The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb in the Washington Post book reviews. Published in January 2012, Taubman's book tells the story of US government officials Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, William Perry and Sidney Drell's shift from being nuclear weapons proponents while in office to critics in their later years.
Martin J. Sherwin is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the University Professor of History at George Mason University since 2007. Professor Sherwin is also known for having a keen interest in public education: he was the founding director and executive producer of the Global Classroom Project, a TV program which was broadcasted throughout the Soviet Union and United States from 1988 to 1992 and which aimed at linking his students at Tufts with university students in Moscow for interactive discussions about the nuclear arms race and the environment. He has equally been an advisor and/or co-producer for many other documentary films on the nuclear age (“Stalin’s Bomb Maker: Citizen Kurchatov,”1998; “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” 2009). His recent writings include 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (in collaboration with Kai Bird). He is the also the author of A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance which won the Bernath Prize awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations as well as the American History Book Prize awarded by the National Historical Society.