Historical Notes: Disenchantment with State

In the memoirs busting out all over about life under John Kennedy, last week's crop was mostly devoted to a re-examination of the Bay of Pigs fiasco (see TIME ESSAY). But in LIFE magazine this week, Historian Arthur Schlesinger moves on to discuss another facet of the New Frontier—the President's disenchantment with the State Department.

"Damn it," Kennedy would complain to Jacqueline, according to Schlesinger, "[McGeorge] Bundy and I get more done in one day at the White House than they do in six months in the State Department." The President was...

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