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Prelude to Leadership: The Post-War Diary, Summer 1945

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Prelude to Leadership is the private diary of John F. Kennedy when he was a 28-year-old reporter in Europe. It offers a short yet intimate look into the mind of the man who was to become the 35th President of the United States.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Regnery Publishing (first published 1945)
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Michael O'Leary
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prelude to Leadership is the private diary of John F. Kennedy when he was a 28-year-old reporter in Europe. It offers a short yet intimate look into the mind of the man who was to become the 35th President of the United States.

As World War II was ending and the Cold War was just beginning, a young naval hero decommissioned before war's end because of his crippling injuries, traveled through a devastated Europe. During the trip, John F. Kennedy kept a diary, never before published. As the diary m
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Max Gwynne
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fantastic insight into the mind and thoughts of JFK during his travels around Europe after the Second World War.

All too brief a read but fascinating nonetheless!
Jimmy
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Informative, cool insights
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This is the quick, unabridged, and insightful diary of "Jack" F. Kennedy during the obscure years between his emergence as a Pacific War hero from a wealthy, connected family to the struggle in the years before his presidency. Surprisingly, these are the only known writings of Kennedy during this period of his life, and the journal consists of the writings, thoughts, and notes he took of war-devastated Europe on his European tour in 1945 with Ambassador Forrestal, a family friend. Ever-curious, ...more
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Apr 08, 2007 rated it liked it
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This is a good book for anyone who wants to learn more about the thoughts and life of a young man before he was known to the world as JFK.
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I loved seeing the thought process of the young man as he traveled through war torn Europe at the end of World War 2. This is a wonderful addition to my knowledge of JFK.
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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After Kennedy's military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations tu
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