The Best and the Brightest Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapters 1-2

• Kennedy met with Robert Lovett, and they discussed appointments for Kennedy's administration.

• The Kennedy administration also drew support from Chester Bowles, who had contacts with the older Democracy Establishment, but Bowles' popularity soon faded.

• Kennedy represented the new crowd in American politics, and Kennedy had to compensate for his youth and inexperience by appointing older advisers.

Chapters 3-4

• A number of candidates were considered for Secretary of State before Kennedy settled on Dean Rusk.

• Chester Bowles was the Undersecretary of State, and the administration came into office with optimism and momentum.

• With a reputation for elitism and intellectualism, poetry and small gatherings, the Kennedy administration brought excitement to the White House.

Chapters 5-6

• Kennedy's administration did not get off to a good start, with the botched invasion of Cuba among other international difficulties.

• When France returned to Indochina in 1961, tensions began to escalate, and threatened the...

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