John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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The young president who brought vigor and glamour to the White House while he confronted cold war crises abroad and calls for social change at home

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a new kind of president. He redefined how Americans came to see the nation's chief executive. He was forty-three when he was inaugurated in 1961--the youngest man ever elected to the office--and he personified what he called the "New Frontier" as the United States entered the 1960s.

But as Alan Brinkley shows in this incisive and lively assessment, the reality of Kennedy's achievements was much more complex than the legend. His brief presidency encountered significant failures--among them the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which cast its shadow on nearly every national-security decision that followed. But Kennedy also had successes, among them the Cuban Missile Crisis and his belated but powerful stand against segregation.

Kennedy seemed to live on a knife's edge, moving from one crisis to another--Cuba, Laos, Berlin, Vietnam, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. His controversial public life mirrored his hidden private life. He took risks that would seem reckless and even foolhardy when they emerged from secrecy years later.

Kennedy's life, and his violent and sudden death, reshaped our view of the presidency. Brinkley gives us a full picture of the man, his times, and his enduring legacy.

Publisher: New York : Times Books : Henry Holt and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805083491
Characteristics: xviii, 202 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 30, 2014

I concur with the reviewer's sentence //// In Brinkley's final analysis Kennedy's successes were modest \\\\ not with the author's sentiments, though. The NASA space program, which paved the way for untold number of technological achievements in communications, computer and digital electronics, advanced earth resources satellite technology, biomedical engineering, polymyer checmistry, weather prediction, et cetera to the infinite! And the Internet, which paved the way for the World Wide Web, which has exponentially spread knowledge and information across the globe. Would instead once again recommend Donald Gibson's outstanding book, Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency. [And let us never forget the way Kennedy stood up to the plutocrats, and US Steel and GE, instead of kowtowing to them as later quasi-democratic presidents have.]


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