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Tom Halsted
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Tom Halsted is a lecturer, columnist and author. From the 1950s to the 1980s he worked in Washington, in and out of government, on intelligence, national security and arms control issues, including SALT I and II, the Non-Proliferation Treaty and Nuclear Test Ban Treaties. He was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Arms Control Association and the Director of Public Affairs of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Jimmy Carter. In 1981 he moved back to his home state of Massachusetts, where he has worked for Democratic Party candidates, lectured and debated around the country, and written a monthly newspaper column on national political affairs. In 2007 he underwent 45 days of proton radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It worked.

Disregarding the assertions of a wise counselor who told him “if you say you’re working on more than one book, you’re not really working on any,” he is currently working on three: a personal history of the Cold War, a cartoon-illustrated memoir of 30 years of small boat cruising along the coasts of Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and a biography of an ancestor who served as a midshipman on the USS Constitution in the War of 1812 and later became a pioneer in the infant textile and railroad industries. Tom lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with his wife Joy, an artist.

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Leave Nobody Behind

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:26 PM

We're beginning to learn some of the details of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's five-year imprisonment by the Taliban, but these revelations don't seem to be tamping down the fiery bellows of outrage and condemnation bursting forth from congressional Republicans and their media cheerleaders in the wake of President Obama's decision to...

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Proton Radiation Therapy: Maligned, Misunderstood, but Just Possibly the Most Effective Cure for Prostate Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2010 | 8:39 AM

Three years ago I beat back prostate cancer, and I owe it all to the Bragg Peak.

Bragg Peak is not the name of a mountain, but of a remarkable physical principle, named for William Bragg, a British physicist who discovered it in 1903. It makes it possible for doctors...

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Prostate Cancer: What to Do When You Learn you Have It

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 6:15 PM

More than a quarter of a million men in the United States are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. They deserve the best and most appropriate treatment they can get. Instead, many rush to embrace treatment methods that may not be the best for them.

A recent AMA...

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Obadiah's Tea Party

(25) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 2:29 PM

My great-great-grandfather's grandfather Obadiah Curtis (1724-1811; does anyone name their child Obadiah any more?) was one of the scores of men (Paul Revere was another) who, on the night of December 16, 1773, adorned their faces with war paint, put on feather headdresses, boarded three British ships in Boston Harbor,...

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New START: Now Comes the Hard Part

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 4:12 PM

The "New START" nuclear arms control treaty signed on April 8 by Presidents Obama and Medvedev is now moving towards ratification by the Russian and United States governments. Now comes the hard part: selling it to the American people and the 67 Senators who must approve the treaty before President...

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What's Happening to America? Lies, Threats, and the Health Care Vote

(137) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 11:24 AM

A German friend, a former foreign editor, international affairs scholar and a colleague from my years working in Washington on arms control in the 1960s and '70s, e-mailed this week to ask what I thought about the passage of the health bills. He wrote, "I am dismayed by the international...

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