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The Kennedy promise : the politics of expectation

Author: Henry Fairlie
Publisher: Garden City, New York : Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1973.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"For Americans life will be more difficult and more challenging in the 1960's than it has ever been in the past"--John F. Kennedy. For Americans in the 1970's, these words from John Kennedy's 1960 campaign have an eerily prophetic ring, since the past decade did indeed bring unprecedented difficulties and challenges to the American people. Henry Fairlie argues that these were a self-fulfilling prophecy, that the  Read more...
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Fairlie, Henry, 1924-1990.
Kennedy promise.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1973
(OCoLC)565192004
Named Person: John F Kennedy; Robert F Kennedy; John F Kennedy; Robert F Kennedy; John F Kennedy; Robert F Kennedy; Kennedy, Familie; Robert Francis Kennedy; John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Fairlie
ISBN: 0385005598 9780385005593
OCLC Number: 577910
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 376 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Politics of expectation --
The misleading challenge --
The conventional candidate --
The binding promise --
The crowning of a president --
Outward bound --
Arming the presidency --
Guerilla warfare and guerilla government --
Images of excellence --
The illusions of consensus and the temptations of pragmatism --
The idea of the American empire --
Crisis as an instrument of policy --
The displacement of politics --
As a city upon a hill.
Responsibility: by Henry Fairlie.

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"For Americans life will be more difficult and more challenging in the 1960's than it has ever been in the past"--John F. Kennedy. For Americans in the 1970's, these words from John Kennedy's 1960 campaign have an eerily prophetic ring, since the past decade did indeed bring unprecedented difficulties and challenges to the American people. Henry Fairlie argues that these were a self-fulfilling prophecy, that the very rhetoric and style of the Kennedys were largely responsible for the unrest and disilussionment that marked the late 1960's. "One cannot blame the Kennedy's," writes Mr. Fairlie, "for the whole displacement of politics which took pace in the 1960's; and on cannot blame them only for any of it. But the fact remains that they had an unusual impact on the social imagination of the American people during the years in which they acted, beyond the meaning of anything which they did, and that the force of that impact was to persuade the people either that the limits of politics could be transcended, or that politics could transcend the limits of the commonplace world."

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