Bookends: Oct. 31, 1988

THE MASTER OF THE GAME

by Strobe Talbott

Knopf; 416 pages; $19.95

"Paul Nitze has played all the positions in the game," Secretary of State George Shultz declared after the Moscow summit this spring. Indeed, the 81- year-old statesman has been involved in every aspect of nuclear-arms control, from his work with the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey in 1945, when he went to Hiroshima to calibrate the rubble, to his service as senior arms- control adviser to Shultz and President Reagan. His extraordinary life forms the backbone for an analytic history of the nuclear age by Strobe Talbott, TIME's Washington bureau...

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