The Presidency in the Nuclear Age, Panel 1

A panel discussion on how U.S. foreign policy and the presidency have been shaped by the development, use, and spread of nuclear weapons… read more

A panel discussion on how U.S. foreign policy and the presidency have been shaped by the development, use, and spread of nuclear weapons focused on foreign policy decision-making during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations and the race to build the bomb. The panelists also responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.

Former President George H.W. Bush provided his perspectives on the issue of nuclear proliferation in opening remarks on a video made the previous week in Maine. Video clips were also shown of President Truman in August 1945 and President Eisenhower at the United Nations on December 8, 1953.

Richard Rhodes is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Simon & Schuster; February 1987). Jennet Conant is the author of 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos, (Simon & Schuster; April 26, 2005). Wilson Miscamble is the author of From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War (Cambridge University Press; March 31, 2008).

“The Race to Build the Bomb and the Decision to Use It” was the first panel of “The Presidency in the Nuclear Age,” a one-day conference sponsored by the nation’s 13 presidential libraries held by the Kennedy Library on October 12, 2009. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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289408-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Oct 24, 2009
Last Aired:
Feb 15, 2010

Airing Details

  • Oct 24, 2009 | 1:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 24, 2009 | 7:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 25, 2009 | 1:15am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 25, 2009 | 7:15am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 27, 2009 | 10:05am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 29, 2009 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 29, 2009 | 10:46pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 15, 2010 | 12:38pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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