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John F. Kennedy: The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963 (The American Presidents #35)

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The young president who brought vigor and glamour to the White House while he confronted cold war crises abroad and calls for social change at home

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a new kind of president. He redefined how Americans came to see the nation's chief executive. He was forty-three when he was inaugurated in 1961—the youngest man ever elected to the office—and he pers
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Times Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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Steven Peterson
This is another nice entry in the American Presidents series, originally edited by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr and--after his death-[-Sean Wilentz. In this instance, there is some poignancy in that' Schlesinger was an adviser to Kennedy. The books in this series are brief, making information available to readers who do not want massive 600 page biographies. In that, most of the volumes succeed (although I prefer such massive works!!).

The work itself takes a chronological perspective on Kennedy. We le
For the past decade, "The American Presidents" series has churned out a series of biographies of our nation's leaders written by a diverse range of authors, from historians who draw upon their expertise to inform their interpretation of their subject, to more eclectic writers who inform their efforts with a sometimes refreshingly new perspective. Alan Brinkley fits squarely into the first category: a longtime scholar of 20th century America, he brings the skills and knowledge gained a lifetime o ...more
This well-written biography does an excellent job distilling President Kennedy’s time in the Oval Office into four concise chapters, each covering the ground of the major issues (Cuba, the Cold War, Vietnam and Civil Rights) with which he dealt during his just-less-than three-year term in office. The details are explained clearly, and Kennedy’s thought processes are presented as much as possible via the writings of his closest associates. The author then expertly analyzes the future that never w ...more
Gary Schantz
What I liked about the book the most was the fact that it didn't idealize John Kennedy like so many books have done in the past. I liked that it was very matter of fact about several items such as how young and immature he was when he became president and how this played a big role in his fear of committment (as well indecisiveness) to many things such as civil rights, Cuba, Vietnam, etc.

The very first book I ever read when I was 8 years old was about JFK. As a child I read about what a great ma
Historian Alan Brinkley’s biography of John F. Kennedy is a succinct and balanced account of an enormously complex, cunning and yet cautious man whose attitude toward the American presidency seems to have been that power, once attained, is better preserved than employed. He won The White House by a very narrow margin, never had control of his own party in Congress, and saw more wisdom in postponing battles than taking them on.

In a sense Kennedy wasn’t the liberal, activist politician that is par
John Weber
Excellent short biography of the man who left the world with more hope than he found it.
Alec Rogers
The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination has engendered numerous new studies of all aspects of John Kennedy’s life and presidency, ranging from the critical to the fawning. For those who wish to take stock of the Kennedy Presidency without axe grinding, Alan Brinkley’s 2012 entry in the American Presidents Series provides a succinct, up to date and highly judicious survey. In just over 200 pages (including notes, bibliography and index), Brinkley touches on all phases of Kennedy’s personal ...more

The purpose of this book is for the world to know who John F. Kennedy really was. Alan Brinkley is of the belief that John F. Kennedy was one of the greatest leaders known to man. John F. Kennedy is a book that captivates the reader on every aspect of the man’s life. This book teaches readers that a few good deeds can go a long way. As Kennedy remains an inspiring figure to this day, Brinkley also points out his flaws. It is a detailed description of the man himself as never seen before. All of
Alicia Joy
This was truly one of those books you just cannot put down, and that feeling does not come about as a result of the subject matter, but of the author's style. Brinkley takes a very neutral position in describing JFK and this was a very important task for this entry in the series.
Best of the American President Series. Great deal of information. Mr. Brinkley reveals Kennedy's life without showing his admitted deep admiration of the president.
This book covered Kennedy's history in just the right amount of depth and detail. Stories and facts were well-documented and handled with objectivity.
The selection process behind what made the book and what didn't is sort of odd. So many gaps. It is a dull, dry read.
Interesting for a history book... not a big fan of politics and history though!
Jason Chambers
Surprisingly thorough for 158 pages.
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