Nation: Out of the Manual

As an eagle-eyed young scout on the New Frontier, Richard Nathan Goodwin could see only bright horizons. Although not yet 30 at the time, and possessing no pertinent experience, he became Jack Kennedy's closest adviser on Latin America, wrote the President's 1961 Alliance for Progress speech. Shifting to the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, he urged Kennedy to pay a state visit to Colombia and Venezuela. The President had some doubts: "Goodwin, if this doesn't work, you can just keep on going south." But the trip was a triumph, and Goodwin stood high in presidential esteem.

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