Foreign Aid: The Most Thankless Job

Reports had been circulating for weeks that Fowler Hamilton, head of the Agency for International Development, was on his way out as the U.S.'s foreign aid chief. But Hamilton did not credit the rumors, and it was with some confidence that he sat in President Kennedy's office early this month, reviewed his foreign aid plans for fiscal 1964, and suggested that if a change of management was wanted, now was the time to make it. Kennedy listened stonily, said only: "Well, I'll think it over."

As of that instant, Lawyer Hamilton knew that the rumors were right. When he took...

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