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Letters to Kennedy

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith; James Goodman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A unique document in the history of the Kennedy years, these letters give us a firsthand look at the working relationship between a president and one of his close advisers, John Kenneth Galbraith. In an early letter, Galbraith mentions his "ambition to be the most reticent adviser in modern political history." But as a respected intellectual and author of the celebrated The Affluent Society, he was not to be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Briefsammlung
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Correspondance
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006.
Letters to Kennedy.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)606975682
Online version:
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006.
Letters to Kennedy.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)608938657
Named Person: John F Kennedy; John Kenneth Galbraith; John F Kennedy; John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith; John F Kennedy; John Kenneth Galbraith; John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Kenneth Galbraith; James Goodman
ISBN: 0674528379 9780674528376
OCLC Number: 37854236
Description: 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction Politics Economics Foreign Affairs A Word of Thanks Editor's Note Notes Index
Responsibility: John Kenneth Galbraith ; edited by James Goodman.

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