Nation: THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT BROTHERS IN WASHINGTON

AS the crisis in Viet Nam unfolded, President Kennedy naturally consulted with Brother Bobby. Later he conferred with Special Assistant McGeorge Bundy, 44, the former Harvard dean who now supervises national security affairs from a White House office. Having heard what Mac had to say, the President asked: "Why don't you find out what your brother thinks?"

The question came naturally—for McGeorge and William Putnam Bundy, 46, have become the New Frontier's No. 2 brother team. Mac is the more widely known. But Bill, a twelve-year veteran of Government service, is regarded as...

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