Youth aren’t excited because politics is all hucksterism


R. Bruce Anderson

President John F. Kennedy signs the Peace Corps Bill, Sept. 22, 1961, with R. Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps.

The summer sort of sneaked up on me and took over about two days after our return from Germany. On return, I look forward to a break, however brief, to reflect on the year, find my back deck, and read some stuff I’d not been able to find the time for during the academic year. 

I’d seen that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new piece was now out, happily at the same time I was grappling with a reading list for my fall first-year colloquium on the American Presidency. Goodwin, a historian whose Pulitzer-prize winner “LBJ and the American Dream” was (and is) central to any story of the modern presidency, had just released “An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s.”

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