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A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

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As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary ... Show synopsis

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SPEEDREADERPAPERCUTS

IN THE VANGUARD OF POLITICAL BIOS

by SPEEDREADERPAPERCUTS on Oct 3, 2009

FEW PRESIDENTIAL BIOGRAPHERS HAVE BEEN AS INSIDE AN ADMINISTRATION AS IS SCHLESINGER. HEREIN LIES HIS BRILLIANCE. NOT MERE HAGIOGRAPHY, NOR SACCHARIN-SWEET, SYRUPY SERVILITY; THIS IS A FINELY CRAFTED, SUBLIMELY COMPOSED HISTORY OF KENNEDY'S PRESIDENCY. IT IS FAIR IN IT'S EVALUATION OF JFK'S FAILURES, AS WELL AS HIS TRIUMPHS. THE AUTHOR, TO HIS CREDIT, DOES NOT DELVE INTO THE PERSONAL PECCADILLOS, RUMORED OR REAL, OF THE PRIVATE MAN. WE MUST REMEMBER HOW THOROUGHLY CAPTIVATED THE NATION WAS (MOST OF IT, AT LEAST) WITH THE YOUNG, GORGEOUS, INCREDIBLY SMART, TRULY WITTY NEW PRESIDENT. DOES SCHLESINGER DRAW TOO ROMANTIC A PICTURE OF HIS SUBJECT ? LET'S JUST SAY HE GAVE A GRIEVING NATION WHAT IT WANTED AND NEEDED ~ A DEEPLY MOVING PORTRAIT OF A MAN AND A TIME OF HOPE, AND THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF AN AMERICAN GOD SLAIN SYSTEM- ATICALLY, LONG, LONG LONG BEFORE HIS TIME. DAVID B. MAGEE, JR.

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Ron Townsend

Why John F. Kennedy was great

by Ron Townsend on Jul 30, 2008

This is the only book I have read on JFK. I also read Profiles in Courage. A thousand days is about his foreign policy. Written by a friend of the President, it is a detailed analysis of Kennedy's strong will and willingness to say when he was wrong (the invasion of Cuba). He had the charisma of FDR and fine speaking voice. I was only 16 when he died but he has inspired me to stay a Democrat. The Cuban missile crisis was his glorious hour. Richard Burton read the book and turned around and reread it. Schlesinger has given us probably the only foreign policy book on Kennedy that will remain a classic.

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