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Rethinking Kennedy : an interpretive biography

Author: Michael O'Brien
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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"Almost a half-century has passed since the brief presidency of John F. Kennedy illuminated the American political scene. Kennedy had a special magnetism - flair, aspirations to great deeds, and contagious confidence. And his tenure in the White House occurred in the midst of dramatic events and personalities.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael O'Brien
ISBN: 9781566638715 1566638712
OCLC Number: 709904016
Description: ix, 260 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The Kennedy system --
Education --
World war II and aftermath --
Congress and the 1952 Senate election --
Senate years --
Running for president --
The Bay of Pigs and Berlin --
Domestic affairs and the economy --
Civil rights --
The Cuban missile crisis --
Vietnam --
Mind, personality, and image --
White House life : work and family --
Women and sex --
Searching for peace --
Death in the fall.
Responsibility: Michael O'Brien.

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"Almost a half-century has passed since the brief presidency of John F. Kennedy illuminated the American political scene. Kennedy had a special magnetism - flair, aspirations to great deeds, and contagious confidence. And his tenure in the White House occurred in the midst of dramatic events and personalities.".

"After an initial honeymoon with historians, in recent years Kennedy has been more carefully scrutinized, resulting in a wide range of assessments of his presidency and his life. Michael O'Brien, who knows as much about Kennedy as any historian now writing, has distilled the findings of his heavily detailed biography of a few years ago into a compact life that touches on all the important issues and incorporates the findings and judgments of major works since the president's death.".

"Revisionist writers disdain the glamorous portrait of Kennedy, and Mr. O'Brien gives their views a fair hearing. He offers nuanced interpretations of the influence of Kennedy's parents, his early life, his struggles with health problems, his intellectual development, his heroism in World War II, and his House and Senate career. He examines the paramount moments of Kennedy's presidency, including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his stand on civil rights, tax policy, and other domestic matters. He does not avoid Kennedy's sexual philandering. He has written the most useful, concise analytical portrait of our thirty-fifth president."--BOOK JACKET.

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