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By Nicholas deB Katzenbach

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

As deputy lawyer normal below Bobby Kennedy after which legal professional basic and below secretary of nation for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach bargains a different point of view at the civil rights move, Vietnam, and different problems with the day. during this attractive memoir, by means of turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we're handled to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's disagreement with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the combination of the college of Alabama, his efforts to lead the Civil Rights Act of 1964 via Congress, after which his transition to the country division, the place he served on the middle of the typhoon over Vietnam. within the political weather of this election season, Some of It used to be Fun presents a clean reminder of the hopes and struggles of an past period, conversing either to readers who got here of age within the Sixties and to a iteration of teens seeking to that interval for political concept. sixteen pages of photos

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Because it became out, the president canceled on the final minute as a result of a difficulty in Vietnam with a transformation of presidency. at the journey have been Senator Dirksen, Halleck, and McCulloch. dialog evidently grew to become to the invoice simply glided by the home Judiciary Committee. I spoke of the invoice the entire method to Chicago with Senator Dirksen. at the long ago, Charlie Halleck got here into the dialog. Halleck left me in without doubt that the invoice might go the home together with his aid. Dirksen was once noncommittal approximately specific provisions, particularly public lodgings and FEP. yet his ultimate phrases to me then have been “Don’t fear. This invoice will come to a vote within the Senate. ” I mentioned the dialog to Bobby and the president. either have been happy. however it used to be no longer a great time for Bobby. JFK’s recognition had dropped considerably within the polls, and Bobby, most likely accurately, attributed this to our issues of civil rights. He used to be a depressed younger guy whilst he celebrated his thirty-eighth birthday on November 20 at an workplace occasion within the division, the once a year reception for the judiciary on the White condo, and one other celebration in a while at Hickory Hill. The civil rights invoice used to be making growth, and that i was once changing into confident approximately its final passage. however it was once no longer at the moment well-liked by civil rights leaders or with the final public—it used to be a compromise that was once perceived as too little by means of a few and an excessive amount of through others. nonetheless, the good fortune of having a bipartisan invoice out of the committee left the civil rights teams and hard work with little selection except to foyer vigorously for its passage. XIII ON NOVEMBER 22, I WENT TO LUNCH AT a cafe close to the dept with Joe Dolan. We had simply been seated once we heard the radio at the back of the cashier’s table announce that the president were shot in Dallas. We jumped up and ran again to the dept, the place we went to the lawyer general’s workplace. His secretary, Angie Novello, was once there. Bobby used to be at Hickory Hill. He had had a gathering of his geared up Crime job strength that morning and had taken Bob Morgenthau, the U. S. legal professional within the Southern District of recent York, domestic for lunch. Angie instructed us that it appeared as if it could possibly good be deadly and that the president have been rushed to the health center. The FBI used to be preserving her and Bobby expert. it truly is very unlikely to explain the emotions we all within the division had. It appeared as though the entire lighting had long gone out, all senses down. I went to my workplace and after a couple of minutes referred to as Bobby, feeling I should still yet having no concept what to claim. He replied the telephone. “Hoover simply known as me,” he stated. “The president is lifeless. i feel Hoover loved giving me the scoop. ” I don’t recognize what I stated. there has been not anything sufficient to claim. I grew to become at the television and simply sat. humans began to come into the workplace: Burke Marshall, John Douglas, Harold Reis, Joe Dolan. quite often we have been simply silent. the telephone rang. It was once Bobby. “They are looking to swear him in immediately, in Texas. That’s no longer priceless, is it? ” He couldn't undergo the swearing in.

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