After leaving government service in 1969, Bundy served as a historian of foreign affairs, teaching at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) and at Princeton University
, from 1972 to his death. His book A Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency
(1998) is considered his most important work.
After finishing law school in 1947, Bundy joined the Washington-based law firm of Covington and Burling
. While there, he contributed to Alger Hiss
's defense fund in the Hiss-Chambers
Case. In 1953, Senator Joseph McCarthy
cited his $400 contribution. Bundy explained that Donald Hiss
, Alger's brother, worked with him at Covington & Burling. Allen Dulles
and Vice President Richard M. Nixon
defended him, and the matter dropped.
(Bundy's father, Harvey Hollister Bundy
, Sr., served as chairman of the board at Carnegie from 1953 to 1958, not long after Hiss served as president from 1946 to 1949.)
His brother, McGeorge Bundy
(1919–1996), also attended Yale and was a member of Skull and Bones. After being involved in intelligence and the Council on Foreign Relations, he served from 1961 to 1966 as the National Security Advisor to both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
Bill Bundy was somewhat to the left of his brother politically, and was a spirited opponent of Joseph McCarthy
. He was also considered one of the administration's more dovish members on Vietnam
, and was an advisor to three presidents. In 1989 he acknowledged the complexity of the presidents' decisionmaking, saying, "In a nutshell, my present feeling is that it was a tragedy waiting to happen, but one made much worse by countless errors along the way, in many of which I had a part."
Bundy's most noted work is A Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency
(1998). His papers are held by the Seeley G. Mudd
Library at Princeton University
Personal life and death
On October 6, 2000, William Putnam Bundy died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey
at the age of 83 from heart trouble.
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