The Presidency: Present at the Construction

Present at the Construction

All summer long John Kennedy had brooded, waiting for Nikita Khrushchev to make good on his threat to get rid of "the bone in my throat" -- partitioned Berlin. But he had not anticipated what would happen on that warm August afternoon in 1961 when he set out from Hyannis Port, Mass., on the yacht Marlin loaded with family and his favorite picnic dish, fish chowder.

When the flash came from Washington that the Wall was going up, the Army major on duty became so agitated that he walked into the surf in full uniform ! to deliver the bulletin to...

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