The Hard Years: A Look at Contemporary America and American Institutions

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Dan and Doris Kimball

Dan Kimball ( 1896-1970) was a businessman who served as Secretary of the Navy during the Truman administration. Among his many public concerns in later years was the development of a communitycontrolled corporation for the Watts area of Los Angeles. His wife, Doris Fleeson Kimball ( 1901-1970), was a reporter and columnist. She was also a founder of the American Newspaper Guild and a champion of women's rights. Dan Kimball died on July 30, 1970; Doris died two days later.

In medieval times the carvings on some doors carried these words: "When I consider life and death, I wonder why I am of such good cheer."

If we ask the same question while considering the lives of Dan Kimball and Doris Fleeson and their deaths, we must respond affirmatively, saying that we can be of some good cheer.

To write of them and to write well is not a very serious challenge. One need make no apologies. One need not speak with reservation. The only challenge is to present the integrity and the purity that marked the lives of these two persons.

Dan Kimball was an American, made by America and contributing to the making of America. A man of great optimism, he looked upon this world and found it good. He served his country's needs in war and also in peace. He looked upon business as a genuine profession, carrying with it personal privileges but also deep social obligations.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction by Tom Wicker vii
  • Preface xix
  • Part I - Institutions 1
  • 1 - Toward a More Responsible Presidency 3
  • 2 - The Vice President as Crown Prince 15
  • 3 - Changes in the Congress 19
  • 4 - The Courts, the Last Appeal 28
  • 5 - Court of Ideas 32
  • 6 - A Kind Word for the Bureaucrats 35
  • 7 - A Kind Word for the Military 45
  • 8 - A Warning About the Military Establishment 49
  • 9 - The Cia and the Inner Ring 58
  • 10 - The Corporations 61
  • 11 - The Universities 68
  • 12 - The Democratic and Republican Parties 75
  • 13 - Alternatives to the Major Parties 80
  • Part II - Operations 87
  • 14 - A Hard Look at the Primaries 89
  • 15 - Personality Cults 96
  • 16 - The Cult of the Expert 97
  • 17 - A Good and Becoming Exit 100
  • 18 - Listen to Mr. Parkinson 104
  • 19 - The Sst: Object Lesson in Dynamics of Opposition 106
  • 20 - The Lobbyists 109
  • 21 - Grant Park, Chicago 116
  • 22 - Marching on Washington 118
  • 23 - Changing America 122
  • Part III - Principles 125
  • 24 - Innocence in Politics 127
  • 25 - Language and Politics 130
  • 26 - Poetry and War 135
  • 27 - Ares 144
  • 28 - Intellectuals and Politics 148
  • 29 - Out of Phase 155
  • 30 - Trouble in the Economics Community 158
  • 31 - Constitutional Amendments 165
  • 32 - Five Systems of Justice 170
  • 33 - The Enemies List 173
  • 34 - Censorship 182
  • Part IV - A Good Person is Not So Hard to Find 185
  • 35 - John Bennett 187
  • 36 - Emerson Hynes 189
  • 37 - John Kennedy 190
  • 38 - Dan and Doris Kimball 193
  • 39 - Robert Lowell 196
  • 40 - Wayne Morse 197
  • 41 - Lewis Mumford 203
  • 42 - Eleanor Roosevelt 205
  • 43 - Frank Rosenblatt 207
  • 44 - Adlai Stevenson 208
  • Notes 215
  • Index 223
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