THE NATION: Who's in Grand Shape?

Americans have long been comforted and invigorated by a belief that seemed as solid as the Rockies and as ever-renewable as the Mississippi: that, counting up its armor, its resources and its allies, the U.S. was as strong as any potential enemy.

Last week, the U.S. could not feel so sure. Its supposed monopoly of A-bombs was gone. The hydrogen bomb, when & if it is developed, made the nation's own shoreline for the first time in 135 years a perilous frontier. Even if both Russia and the U.S. began working on the...

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