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By Nicholas deB Katzenbach

A full of life, intimate memoir that vividly remembers the idealism of the Kennedy administration.

As deputy legal professional common less than Bobby Kennedy after which legal professional basic and lower than secretary of country for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach bargains a different standpoint at the civil rights flow, Vietnam, and different problems with the day. during this attractive memoir, via turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we're taken care of to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's war of words with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the combination of the collage of Alabama, his efforts to lead the Civil Rights Act of 1964 via Congress, after which his transition to the kingdom division, the place he served on the heart of the typhoon over Vietnam. within the political weather of this election season, Some of It was once Fun offers a clean reminder of the hopes and struggles of an previous period, talking either to readers who got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties and to a new release of teens trying to that interval for political proposal. sixteen pages of pictures

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Ribicoff answered, “I imagine you could both reduction parochial colleges or now not, simply as you please. below the choices, i feel you're loose in this topic. ” whereas the selections weren't as transparent as one might have sought after, i assumed this view a bit severe, no less than with regards to faculties, as special from better schooling. The president became to Ted Sorensen. “How does Blanshard think approximately that? ” Ted answered, “Why don’t I name him and spot if there's any leeway in any respect? ” Blanshard, after all, used to be a devoted opponent of any relief whatever. whilst Ted referred to as him, he expressed the view—not surprisingly—that in his opinion there has been no contrast and no leeway in any respect. President Kennedy commented, with a few feeling, “Eisenhower can have handled this complete challenge, yet I can’t. ” And there it remained for the instant. relief to non secular colleges used to be most likely the one topic on which it was once a handicap to the president to have his Catholic brother as lawyer normal. it really is difficult at the present time to appreciate the spiritual suspicion that underlay the emotions approximately having a Catholic president—the worry that faith will be politicized. this present day the shoe is nearly at the different foot, as God is invoked to justify political judgements. however the worry of many then was once that the pope will be working the USA from the Vatican, and the Kennedys have been pressured to lean over backward to illustrate that their spiritual ideals didn't keep an eye on their political judgments. We did ultimately discover a little extra leeway than Blanshard might have authorized. Later HEW released my memo as its personal, and Bobby counseled it. the click (aside, probably, from or 3 journalists just about Bobby and the dept) didn't affiliate it with Bobby, and HEW was once capable of use it to help greater schooling in many ways in non secular universities and faculties. My workplace handled a hodgepodge of alternative difficulties, a few vital, a few a long way much less so. a few difficulties got here up in reference to Jackie Kennedy’s wish to redo the White condominium with presents to make it right into a extra real museum reflecting its historical past. those difficulties introduced me involved with that beautiful girl and ended in a friendship that endured until eventually her dying. She occasionally handled me as her attorney and sought recommendation on unrelated concerns. yet i used to be now not constantly as accommodating as she (or, for that topic, the president) could have loved. many of the difficulties have been as a lot political as felony. I steered Jackie that she usually are not settle for a wide present from Jules Stein, head of track company of the US, simply because we have been approximately to sue MCA for alleged antitrust violations. That assistance used to be no longer good obtained by means of her and led to a really lengthy mobilephone dialog with the president, who was once being the nice husband. i believe he talked to Bobby, and Bobby easily advised him to speak to me. most likely either one of them agreed with me yet most popular to allow me take the blame from Jackie. presently thereafter, at a White condominium reception, the president introduced it up with me as Jackie stood along him within the receiving line.

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