The Nation: Moynihan Writes Again

During his two years as a presidential aide, Daniel Patrick Moynihan became known—both in and out of the White House—as the most brilliant and prolific memo writer in the Administration. He churned out a series of pungent, readable and controversial messages to President Nixon before returning in January to a teaching post at Harvard. Academic life has not stilled Moynihan's instincts: not long ago he sent a private letter to Nixon chiding the Administration for its reputation of insensitivity toward personal rights. The missive so impressed the President that he circulated it among his top officials, from where it emerged last...

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