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“The best and most interesting book written on the Kennedy Presidency in decades . . . One of the most moving books I have ever read on patriotism and citizenship” (David Eisenhower, bestselling author of Eisenhower at War, 1943–1945). More than a half century after President Kennedy’s death, we find ourselves in an era of political division and cynicism, where politicians talk past one another and the spirit of “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country” is less visible than it should be. We seem to have forgotten that we’re all on the same team. Fortunately, Scott D. Reich has given us The Power of Citizenship, a timely book to bring us back on track. Reich asserts that the most powerful element of Kennedy’s legacy is his emphasis on citizenship, and that a rededication to the values he promoted will shine a bright path forward for our country. Evoking the hopes and aspirations of the 1960s, Reich recaptures the excitement of the Kennedy era. But what truly sets this book apart is the unique way it blends the romance of Camelot with the new frontiers of today—not only identifying modern challenges, but also offering a tangible blueprint for how we can improve our public discourse, be good citizens, and lift our nation to new heights of greatness. Part history and part call to action, a must-read for Americans of all generations, The Power of Citizenship hones in on the very essence of what made JFK so inspirational and timeless, reminding us once again that we must ask what we can do for our country.
The recent commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s election as the thirty-fifth president of the United States serves as a reminder of a period of time that many Americans perceive as idyllic. Just as his election, despite a near-run thing, had instilled a pervasive sense of hope throughout the country, his assassination stunned the entire nation, scarring the psyche of a generation of Americans. More than half a century later, JFK continues to inspire debates about the effectiveness of the presidency, as well as his own political legacy, making the senator from Massachusetts the object of many enduring myths: that he would have been one of the country’s greatest leaders had he lived, he would have kept the US out of a full-fledged Vietnam war, and that he was a martyr of right-wing assassins. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, who did get the US deeply involved in Vietnam while pursuing the social reforms of the Great Society at home and abroad, also casts a long shadow in the twenty-first century, as the nation continues to deal with poverty, racism, and social injustice. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, including the president, his advisors, his family, his opponents, and his critics, as well as members of Congress, military leaders, and international leaders. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about John F. Kennedy.
A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick "Kennedy and King is an unqualified masterpiece of historical narrative.... A landmark achievement."---Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Rosa Parks Kennedy and King traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century's greatest leaders, their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. These two men from starkly different worlds profoundly influenced each other's personal development. Kennedy's hesitation on civil rights spurred King to greater acts of courage, and King inspired Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to equality. As America still grapples with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of discrimination, Kennedy and King is a vital, vivid contribution to the literature of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the untimely death of America’s most popular president, Kennedy: His Life & Legacy is a candid look at the charisma and excitement that captured the nation during John F. Kennedy’s one thousand days of Camelot. Editor Ben Nussbaum has compiled a collection of riveting chapters that discuss the influence and money of the Kennedy clan, the politics and unique circumstances that led to JFK’s election, his presidency, his family, and his assassination. The book convincingly debunks the major conspiracy theories that mushroomed on our nation’s darkest day, when the much-loved young president was violently slain in the streets of Dallas, Texas. Concise and colorful, this 96-page book offers readers a snapshot of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and a glimpse at what made Americans fall in love with the thirty-fifth president during a time not only of great population and economic growth but also of pressing international conflicts with Vietnam, the U.S.S.R., and Cuba. Over five decades since JFK’s election, he remains the most highly rated President, according to a Gallup poll; during his brief presidency, his approval rating of 70.1 was the highest of any post-World War II chief executive. A handsome young Boston native, from one of America’s wealthiest and most influential families, JFK declared on the day of his inauguration that the country was now “a new generation of Americans,” and citizens responded enthusiastically to the new president’s positive outlook, charisma, and confidence. By 1960, the United States of America had emerged as the world’s only superpower, and JFK, as the first president born in the twentieth century, represented hope, prosperity, and strength to the world at large. He used the country’s new popular medium—television—to his great advantage, appearing in ninety percent of the country’s living room as a charming, well-educated, worldly world leader. The book presents JFK as the nation’s first Hollywood president—a celebrity who braced the nation for changes and challenges of the New Frontier, encouraging Americans to dream about stars, far-off planets, and a moon that an American would soon be the first to walk upon. In Kennedy, His Life & Legacy, Nussbaum presents John F. Kennedy, our youngest president—forty-three upon his inauguration—as a U.S. Navy war hero, the inspired author of Profiles in Courage, and a talented, thoughtful statesman and then demystifies the hero by showing how he used his charisma and power to downplay his youth and inexperience, his lackluster performance in Congress, and his unattractive Catholicism. Kennedy did well, too, to hide his dark side—his years as a rash and wild womanizer, his poor health, and the elitism that stemmed from his family’s virtually limitless wealth. The book unapologetically recounts JFK’s playboy escapades, taking place before and during his presidency—in the Oval Office, the Lincoln bedroom, and the White House pool. The author names names: Mary Pinchot Meyer, Judith Campbell Exner, Jill Cowen, Priscilla Wear, Pamela Turnure, and of course, Marilyn Monroe. The family’s great wealth, however, easily offset the president’s moral bankruptcy, and the White House staff along with Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, and other high-profile celebrities miraculously kept all of JFK’s sexcapades quiet until years after his death. In painting a realistic human portrait of JFK, the book discusses the president’s relationships with his father, Joseph; his younger brother Robert; his wife, Jacqueline; his Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as various world leaders, and how the devotion of his wife and family helped to shield his political and personal image from disgrace. The head of the Kennedy family, a self-made tycoon, and a foreign ambassador, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. fueled not only the family’s private planes and fleets of automobiles but also their ambition and competitive spirits. The father of nine, Joe made national politics a family affair and financed his sons’ campaigns himself. Three of his four sons became major national politicians who sought the presidency. The book discusses the country’s fascination with Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, JFK’s devoted wife and heartbroken widow, a quiet but sophisticated First Lady whose unique sense of style captured the fashion world and catapulted Oleg Cassini to greater international fame. As the book reveals, Jackie Kennedy well knew about her husband’s extravagant indiscretions and actually worked hard to protect his image…and her own. Other chapters, fully illustrated and often accompanied by detailed timelines, are devoted to major events or people in the president’s life: the Space Race, Cuban Missile Crisis, the harrowing attack on JFK’s PT-109 in the Pacific, the establishment of the Peace Corps, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, and JFK’s battle with Addison’s disease. A fascinating chapter on the historical events of November 11, 1963 offers a heart-stopping account of JFK’s assassination and a detailed timeline of the events of that day. Inevitably, the book addresses the new age ushered in by the birth of conspiracy theories surrounding the president’s assassination, in part due to the findings of the Warren Commission itself. With swiftness and clarity, the text debunks several major conspiracy theories, revealing both truths and falsehoods. Among the many popular possible conspirators covered are: the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, those who hated the Vietnam War, those who loved or hated Fidel Castro, the Communists, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. The author purports that the FBI did not mount a plot to assassinate JFK, but the agency worked diligently in the aftermath to cover up the possibility that such plot existed. Despite revelations about JFK’s image, character, and limitations since that dark day in November 1963, John F. Kennedy’s life, presidency, and death retain a powerful hold on the nation’s heart and memory. Kennedy: His Life & Legacy celebrates this all-too human American president who became a larger-than-life hero, one who continues today to fascinate new generations of Americans and citizens of the world.
A monumental new history reveals how the transition of power from Eisenhower to Kennedy marked more than a succession of presidents—it was the culmination of a generational shift in American politics, policy and culture. After winning the presidency by a razor-thin victory on November 8, 1960 over Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former vice president, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth president of the United States. But beneath the stately veneers of both Ike and JFK, there was a complex and consequential rivalry. In Rising Star, Setting Sun, John T. Shaw focuses on the intense ten-week transition between JFK’s electoral victory and his inauguration on January 20, 1961. In just over two months, America would transition into a new age, and nowhere was it more marked that in the generational and personal difference between these two men and their dueling visions for the country they led. The former general espoused frugality, prudence, and stewardship. The young political wünderkid embodied dramatic themes and sweeping social change. Extensively researched and eloquently written, Shaw paints a vivid picture of what Time called a “turning point in the twentieth century” as Americans today find themselves poised on the cusp of another watershed moment in our nation’s history.
Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work—with a new introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League—offers the late president's inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America. As continued debates on immigration engulf the nation, this paean to the importance of immigrants to our nation's prominence and success is as timely as ever.

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