The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: When Peace Is the Message

"It is sad to read these Soviet statements. But it is also a warning to the American people . . . not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible, and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats."

Those graceful and profound words were delivered 20 years ago on a muggy June morning at American University. John Kennedy's Inaugural Address and Berlin speech are best known to the public. But when Ted Sorensen, J.F.K.'s chief wordsmith, is asked which Kennedy talk was the greatest, he says with no hesitation, "The American...

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