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FOREWORD

from THE GAME OF DEATH

TO MY SONS
Steven, Timothy and Brian

COPYRIGHT 1953, BY ALBERT E. KAHN
FIRST EDITION Published June 1953



DURING these last tension-ridden years, much has been said about the prodigious cost of the Cold War. It has become a truism that the huge expenditures of our Government go overwhelmingly for military purposes, and that our industries are increasingly engaged in producing implements not to enhance life but to engender death. In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies - in the final sense - a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and are not clothed."

And yet, paradoxically enough, scant note has been taken of the dire impact of the Cold War upon the nation's greatest wealth-the children of our land.

The harsh and tragic fact is that of the whole population, children are paying the most heavily for the Cold War. So heavy, indeed, is the price being exacted of them that this question must inevitably arise: is our nation, in the name of defending its children, actually ravaging their security, deforming their characters and imperiling their lives?

This book seeks the answer to that question.

I make no claim to approach the question dispassionately.

I am the father of three sons. I do not want them to grow up blighted by the miasma of the Cold War. I do not want them to die amid the measureless havoc of a third world war. I want my sons to live-to live and mature in a world at peace, a world in which their talents and those of all other children may fully flower, a world made worthy of children.


ALBERT E. KAHN





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