The Liberty Incident

Interview of McGeorge Bundy

McGeorge Bundy was a grade-school classmate of John F. Kennedy at the Dexter School in Boston. When Kennedy became President, he named Bundy his National Security Advisor. Following Kennedy’s death, Bundy served in that capacity under President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1966, when he left and became President of the Ford Foundation, serving in that capacity from 1966 to 1979. It was during this time frame that he was called back to Washington in June 1967 to serve as special consultant to the President and as Executive Secretary of a special committee of the National Security Council.

Bundy graduated from Yale in 1940. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. He became a member of the faculty at Harvard in 1949 and, in 1953, became the youngest Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the History of Harvard where he remained until 1961. From 1980 to 1990, he taught history at New York University; and, from 1990 to 1993, he was Chair of a committee working on the reduction of nuclear proliferation at the Carnegie Foundation. He wrote several books, including “On Active Service”, 1948; “The Strength of Government”, 1968; and “Danger and Survival”, 1988.

He died September 16, 1996.

I contacted McGeorge Bundy by letter dated April 1, 1993.

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I interviewed McGeorge Bundy at his Carnegie Corporation office, 437 Madison Ave., New York, NY on April 19, 1993. At that time, he autographed a copy of his book “Danger and Survival” for me.

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In my letter, I mentioned forwarding “a package of documents” related to Bundy’s 1967 activities at the White House.

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Three years later, following my presentation at Harvard, I sent McGeorge Bundy a copy of my paper published by Harvard. He responded with a letter dated February 29, 1996.

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