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Ambassador's Journal: A Personal Account of the Kennedy Years
Ambassador's Journal A Personal Account of the Kennedy Years Author:John Kenneth Galbraith Library of Congress Card Catalog Number: 69-15012 — Dust Jacket: "A few days after the election in 1960, President Kennedy called Mr. Galbraith to tell him he was to be his Ambassador to India. As he tells here, Mr. Galbraith decided that it would be an interesting time and resolved to keep a journal. So he did and this is it. Never before has th... more »ere been such an expert account of exactly what an American ambassador does.
His diary will be counted, we think, one of the most important, certainly one of the most readable and by all odds the most relaxed of the books on the Kennedy years.
President Kennedy also asked Mr. Galbraith to write him occasionally of his activites and his views on current issues. The Ambassador happily obliged and so pleased was the President by these communications that, shortly before his death, he proposed they be published - then. They tell, among other things, of Ambassador Galbraith's early and relentless struggle against our Vietnam involvement - an oppostion, he has since said, "that greatly jeapordized my reputation with all the experienced statesmen who saw the intrinsic merit of this adventure." On numerous other matters, he was at odds with the established wisdom of the State Department and Pentagon.
Most of the great figures of the sixties pass through these pages. The author is unsparing on those officials who preferred official comfort to the perils of leadership. ..." It continues to the back flap...
Full of photographs of official and unofficial events as well as official documents. This book is a must for the political historian or anyone else who wants to be the fly on the wall of such an important time in history.« less