John F. Kennedy: A Biography

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 971 pages
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John F. Kennedy creates an absorbing, insightful and distinguished biography of one of America's most legendary Presidents. While current fashion in Kennedy scholarship is to deride the man's achievements, this book describes Kennedy's strengths, explains his shortcomings, and offers many new revelations.

There are many specialized books on Kennedy's career, but no first-class modern biography--one that takes advantage of the huge volume of recent books and articles and new material released by the JFK library. Ten years in the making, this is a balanced and judicious profile that goes beyond the clash of interpretations and offers a fresh, nuanced perspective.
  

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Review: John F. Kennedy: A Biography

User Review  - Beth Olson shultz - Goodreads

Took forever to read, but it is a huge book. Very balanced in showing what was good and bad about JFK. Read full review

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Contents

1 Kennedys and Fitzgeralds
1
2 Joe and Rose
13
3 The Kennedy System
36
4 Childish Irresponsible Boy
58
5 Broadening Horizons
76
6 The Danish Spy
118
7 PT 109
128
8 Family Tragedies
166
25 Let Us Begin Anew
498
26 The Perfect Failure
521
27 Berlin and Vienna
540
28 No Mandate
560
29 Missing the Moral Passion
586
30 A Limited Commitment
613
31 Economics 101
631
32 Mongoose and the Cuban Missile Crisis
648

9 Kennedy for Congress
189
10 Plotting His Own Course
207
11 Two Brahmins
238
12 Rookie Senator Rookie Husband
260
13 McCarthyismAgony and Courage
274
14 Married Life and Other Women
291
15 Leaping to Prominence
304
16 Image and Stature
326
17 Coping with Papa and Pain
340
18 Communism and Colonialism
351
19 Civil Rights and Labor Reform
364
20 Liberal Doubts
391
21 The Catholic Dilemma
411
22 Gearing Up for 1960
423
23 Capturing the Nomination
443
24 Nixon vs Kennedy
469
33 Connoisseur of the Sexual Game
681
34 Thriving on Pressure
718
35 White House Personal Life and Health
739
36 White House Princess
765
37 Renovation and Culture
780
38 Mind and Personality
790
39 Image and the Media
810
40 A Moral Issue
832
41 Frustrating Commitment
855
42 Crisis in the Third World
867
43 Searching for Peace
881
44 Death in the Fall
899
Bibliography
909
Index
949
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About the author (2005)

Michael O'Brien is a retired professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. His writing has earned top awards from Choice magazine, the Wisconsin Library Association, the National Catholic Press Association, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

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