But it was not the threat nuclear weapons posed to the world at large that most concerned America's leaders: it was the threat they posed to the Soviet Union. On October 17, 1951, the popular magazine Collier's published a special issue imagining how America might defeat its adversary and impose its values on the Soviet people. Several distinguished and influential writers contributed to this project, entitled "Preview of the War We Do Not Want," and government consultants advised the editors.

Among other contributors: Arthur Koestler, Bill Mauldin, Edward R. Murrow, J. B. Priestly, Walter Reuther, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Lowell Thomas, Walter Winchell, and Philip Wylie.

 

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