The Sense of Despair

Riesman, David
October 1961
New Republic;10/2/61, Vol. 145 Issue 14, p15
Focuses on the international issue of Berlin, West Germany and relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Disadvantages of a bipartisan government in the U.S.; Effects of the majority's view on public policy making and the U.S. Congress; Emergence of Communist groups to oppose the government; Influences of Communists on the political decisions of U.S. presidents; Views of the Soviets and American politicians regarding the political crisis in Berlin; Opinion about the attitude of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower regarding negotiations on Berlin at Geneva convention; Problem for President John F. Kennedy regarding any decision about the Berlin issue with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev; Suggestions for the U.S. and the Soviets to provide peace in Berlin.


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