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Leonard C. Lewin (2 October 1916 – 28 January 1999) was an American writer, best known as the author of the bestseller On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. He also wrote Triage (1972), a novel about a covert group dedicated to killing people it considers to be not worth having around.

In the original 1967 publication, written at the suggestion of Victor Navasky, Lewin was identified as the author of the introduction (only) to a purported government report that concluded that if a lasting peace "could be achieved, it would almost certainly not be in the best interests of society to achieve it." (Times obit) Some conspiracy theorists continue to believe that the book is an actual, top-secret government document, rather than a hoax or satire, despite Lewin's claims to the contrary. (Carvajal, 1996) While some, notably John Kenneth Galbraith, have maintained the Report's legitimacy, Lewin successfully sued to establish his copyright over the work in a case brought when the Report was published without the consent of Lewin or the original publisher, Dial Press (a division of Simon & Schuster). (The prospective publisher, the Liberty Lobby, had argued that as an authentic U.S. government document, the report was in the public domain. The parties settled out of court with Liberty Lobby agreeing to pay Lewin an undisclosed sum and return over a thousand unsold copies.)

Lewin first claimed that the report was a hoax in 1972, writing that the Pentagon Papers were "as outrageous, morally and intellectually" as his own satiric creation: "The charade is over. Some of the documents read like parodies of Iron Mountain, rather than the reverse." (Times obit)

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Report From Iron Mountain
REPORT FROM IRON MOUNTAIN  On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace