Kennedy: The Classic Biography (Harper Perennial Political Classics)

Kennedy: The Classic Biography (Harper Perennial Political Classics)

Ted Sorensen

Language: English

Pages: 800

ISBN: 006196784X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Now with a new preface, Kennedy is the intimate, #1 national bestselling biography of JFK by his great advisor Ted Sorensen. Part of the new Harper Perennial Political Classics series, Kennedy is a perceptive biography of an extraordinary man, and one of the 20th century’s most important sources of history.













foreign aid program. In proportion to our effort in the early days of the Marshall Plan, he added, his program was one-fourth as burdensome, yet the need was greater. “I don’t understand why we are suddenly so fatigued,” he told his last news conference. “The Congress has its responsibility, but…I cannot fulfill my responsibility in the field of foreign policy without this program.” But Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Otto Passman of Louisiana felt his annual responsibility was to cut

removed by the President from a televised debate with Tyson when the latter suggested through intermediaries that it might only harden the lines. Tyson met separately with Goldberg and Clifford on Thursday afternoon, meeting the latter on board U.S. Steel’s private plane at the Washington airport. Neither meeting made any progress. But word reached the President that Blough wanted talks to continue, and a luncheon meeting of Goldberg, Clifford, Tyson, Blough and U.S. Steel President Worthington

peaceful settlement. To the editor of Izvestia in 1961 he had been even bolder: If the people of any country choose to follow a Communist system in a free election, after a fair opportunity for a number of views to be presented, the United States would accept that. What we find to be objectionable…is when a system is imposed by a small militant group by subversion…. If the Soviet Union were merely seeking to…protect its own national security, and permit other countries to live as they wish…then

said JFK, “makes him act extra tough at times.” But Khrushchev was aware, Kennedy believed—certainly after October, 1962—of the caution with which they must both move in an age of mutual nuclear capability. He found the Chairman admirably uninterested in arguing over matters too small to concern him or too large to be changed. Khrushchev, he noted, shared some of his own complaints of internal pressures from the military, from other politicians and from associated countries. He was interested in

badly split, and that he could not conclude any settlement which the West Germans were convinced was a sellout. But he was equally persuaded that failure on the diplomatic front meant a return to the military front. Between this Scylla and Charybdis he proceeded somewhat unsteadily for more than a year. “It’s not easy,” he candidly told his news conference. The United States is attempting to carry on negotiations for several powers. All of them have different ideas how it ought to be done, and

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