The Americas: Catching Fire

Most good will visits are forgotten as soon as the dignitaries depart, the confetti is swept up, and the trucked-in crowds are trucked back where they came from. But President John Kennedy's three-day foray into Latin America seemed to be leaving a somewhat more lasting imprint. Those who saw him, in Caracas and Bogota, appeared genuinely touched by his charm, his obvious good intentions, his interest in them, and his pretty young wife. But more important, they—and indeed the entire hemisphere—responded to a message he brought.

Journeying south to ignite the still uncaught fires of the Alliance for Progress, Kennedy...

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