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Lincoln GordonArchitect of Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Bruce L.R. Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813156552

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.001.0001

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Controlling the Atom

Controlling the Atom

(p.84) 7 Controlling the Atom
Lincoln Gordon

Bruce L. R. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

At the end of the war he returns to Harvard. Fearing that he is blocked from promotion in the Government Department, he secures a tenure appointment in the Harvard Business School. A chance encounter in 1946 at LaGuardia Airport with his old boss at WPB, Ferd Eberstadt, leads to his introduction to Bernard Baruch and an invitation to join Baruch’s staff to work on US atomic policy at the UN. Harvard Business School gives him leave to work on controlling the atom provided he returns to his teaching duties in January 1947. Gordon becomes a key staff member at the working level but does not entirely share Baruch’s policy views. He works closely with Robert Oppenheimer and key scientific advisers to the American delegation. Gordon is drawn into the Bernard Baruch–Henry Wallace dispute and works out a tentative agreement to settle the differences between the two men with a key Wallace aide. But Wallace, at the suggestions of his political advisers, backs out of the deal. Baruch publicly breaks with and denounces Wallace, releasing Gordon’s memorandum to the New York Times. Gordon continues to work part-time with the US delegation to the UN and concludes that the chances for an agreement were never as close as he had believed, but he thinks that the UN diplomacy eventually paved the way for the international atomic inspection agency.

Keywords:   Bernard Baruch, Robert Oppenhiemer, Atomic Bomb, Cold War

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