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An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek
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Dec 18, 09

Read in December, 2009

A great overview of his life that doensn't white wash the scandolous parts of his life but really doesn't focus on it too much. The most interesting part to me was the foreign policy chess game between Kennedy and Kruschev that took place all over the world in places like Laos, Vietnam, Berlin, and Cuba. I was particularly fascinated by the way policy decisions on one area could cause all kinds of problems in one of the other areas.

I was also intrigued by the sections covering the Civil Rights Movement. Balancing the need for social justice with the political reality of the time was no easy task and Kennedy wasn't always willing to take the risks. It reminded me that even well intentioned politicians have to be pushed into taking tough stands by ordinary citizens willing to stand up for their convictions.
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