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Aiken, recalls his first meetings with John F. Kennedy, and discusses nuclear proliferation, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Bay of Pigs invasion, among other foreign policy issues.
Aylward discusses the 1956 and 1960 Conventions, the 1960 presidential campaign in Missouri, and (William) Stuart Symington’s role in Missouri and national politics, among other issues.
Battle discusses the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, including the Inter-Agency Youth Committee and Robert F. Kennedy’s involvement in youth affairs, and Battle’s efforts to improve the status of the Bureau.
Bayley discusses U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), the Peace Corps, including the staffing, controversies and scandals, the difficulties of getting Congress to allocate money for foreign aid, the Alliance for Progress, and R. Sargent Shriver, Jr., and mental retardation.
Beaty discusses conflicts of interest between current and former government employees and industry; public works projects including desalinization, dams, and tidal power; relations between the U.S. and Mexico over water rights to the Colorado River, among other issues.
Beaty discusses the Bureau of Reclamation, other water and power agencies within the Interior Department, and the staff of the Interior Department under Stewart Udall, among other issues.
Begab discusses the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation, the White House Conference on Mental Retardation, and legislation during the Kennedy administration on mental healthcare and research, among other issues.
Berle discusses U.S. relations with various Latin American countries and leaders during the Kennedy administration, as well as the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Alliance for Progress, among other issues.
Bundy discusses documents from the 1961 National Security Files about Vietnam, increasing troop strength, questioning Ngo Dinh Diem’s ability to lead Vietnam, use of defoliants and other unconventional weapons, and U.S. counterinsurgency theory, among other issues.
Burrows discusses his relations with Honduran President Ramon Villeda Morales and with General Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, the man who overthrew Villeda Morales; Villeda Morales’ 1962 visit to the U.S.; the Bay of Pigs invasion and Honduras’ relations with Cuba; and General Lopez’ 1963 coup d’état; among other issues.
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