Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 28, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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2013 is the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

A narrative of Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation, Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the inauguration and the weeks preceding it. During a time when America was divided, and its citizens torn by fears of war, John F. Kennedy took office and sought to do more than just reassure the American people. His speech marked the start of a brief, optimistic era. Thurston Clarke's portrait of JFK is balanced, revealing the president at his most dazzlingly charismatic and cunningly pragmatic.

Thurston Clarke's latest book, JFK's Last Hundred Days, is currently available in hardcover.
  

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Review: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America

User Review  - Ronnyjane Goldsmith - Goodreads

I have read this book 3 times. It is as beautifully written as was the inaugural speech of President Kennedy. Read full review

Review: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

I read this book for a class on the presidency. Clarke paints a great picture of the drafting of the address by Kennedy. He provides more than adequate evidence that the address was composed primarily ... Read full review

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ABBREVIATIONS
ON BOARD THE CAROLINE JANUARY 10
PALM BEACH JANUARY 11 TO JANUARY 15
PALM BEACH JANUARY 16
PALM BEACH JANUARY 17
ON BOARD THE CAROLINE JANUARY 17
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK JANUARY 17
NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON JANUARY 18
WASHINGTON JANUARY 19
WASHINGTON JANUARY 20
THE CAPITOL JANUARY 20
JANUARY 20 1961 TO THE PRESENT
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About the author (2010)

THURSTON CLARKE has written several books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Pearl Harbor Ghosts" and" California Fault", a "New York Times" notable book. His articles have been published in "Vanity Fair", "Glamour", "The New York Times", and "The Washington Post". He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Willsboro, New York, with his wife and three daughters.

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