Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House Preloaded Digital Audio Player – Unabridged, October 8, 2013
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- Publisher : Harperaudio; Unabridged edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1467662550
- ISBN-13 : 978-1467662550
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,478,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two lessons remain powerfully printed on my brain. First, how difficult it is for any president to develop a consensus among his advisors and create a working solution that WILL ACTUALLY BE IMPLEMENTED. The prime example was the arduous and tense debate over the war in Vietnam. I felt was there in the room with Kennedy and his advisors, listening and vicariously debating what a mess our whole involvement in Vietnam was and how to find a way out of the quagmire. You again realize how presidential advisors are like most of us: we see what we want to see and hear what hear we want to hear. Everyone who went to Vietnam to see whist was happening and came home reinforced that their stance was the correct stance. It was also illuminating how the military always believed they would triumph and disregarded the input of civilian input. It reinforced my belief that as he had in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy would have gone against their advice and withdrawn from Vietnam and never had fought the level of grounds combat we endured.
Dallek also gives us a human JFK who made decisions based on political considerations. I was disappointed that Dallek discussed very little of the whole struggle with the Civil Rights. And it was equally disappointing that JFK was so cautiously and almost shamefully dragged into getting involved in the African-American fight for freedom.
A book that should read by the current resident of the Oval Office as well as anyone who want to work there.