As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration. Schlesinger s close relationship with JFK, as a politician and as a friend, has resulted in this authoritative yet intimate account in which the president walks through the pages, from first to last, alert, alive, amused and amusing (John Kenneth Galbraith). A THOUSAND DAYS is at once a masterly literary achievement and a work of major historical significance ...
As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration. Schlesinger s close relationship with JFK, as a politician and as a friend, has resulted in this authoritative yet intimate account in which the president walks through the pages, from first to last, alert, alive, amused and amusing (John Kenneth Galbraith). A THOUSAND DAYS is at once a masterly literary achievement and a work of major historical significance (New York Times)."
VERY GOOD. Very Good condition. This is the original 1971 Fawcett mass market paperback edition, white cover with small photo of JFK on bottom third of front cover, 967pp, later printing. Cover somewhat worn and a little soiled, small college "used" sticker on spine and front cover; pages somewhat tanned due to age; binding strong and flexible; no marks or writing. **We provide professional service and individual attention to your order, daily shipments, and sturdy packaging. FREE TRACKING ON ALL SHIPMENTS WITHIN USA.
Fair. 967 pages. Softcover. Reading copy. BIOGRAPHY. A personal memoir of Kennedy's life while President of the United States, but one that could only have been written by a trained historian. Contains an Index. (Key Words: Biography, John F. Kennedy, Arthur M., Schlesinger, White House, President, South America, Woodrow Wilson, Jerome Wiesner, Theodore H. White, World War II, West Germany, Vietnam, United Nations, Unemployment, Tariffs, Tax Reforms, Soviet Union, Dean Rusk, Walt W. Rostow, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Presidency, Poland, Peru, Pentagon, Nuclear Testing, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, National Defense, Negroes, New Deal, Meet The Press, Medical Care, Liberals, Latin America, Laos, Nikita S. Khrushchev, Italy, Justice, IRBM, Inflation, India, Hubert Humphrey, Great Britain, James Gavin, Germany, France, Dwight D. Eisenhower, European Common Market, Education, Diplomacy, East Germany, Disarmament, Democratic Party, Cuba, Congress, Communism, Civil Rights, China, CIA, Fidel Castro, McGeorge Bundy, Chester Bowles, Richard Bissell, Berlin, Bay Of Pigs, Atlantic Community, Alliance Of Progress, Agriculture).
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.
Jul 30, 2008
Why John F. Kennedy was great
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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