John F. Kennedy, Commander in Chief: A Profile in Leadership

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Penguin Studio, 1997 - History - 150 pages
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A well-known Kennedy insider presents JFK - still larger than life - as war hero, man of peace, and president at the helm of the U.S. armed forces. Until now, the majority of books on the Kennedy administration has overlooked what many see as the defining aspect of John F. Kennedy's presidency: how he fulfilled his role as commander in chief of the armed forces. Nearly every memorable crisis or event of the JFK presidency had a crucial military component that Kennedy personally oversaw. In John F. Kennedy: Commander in Chief, Pierre Salinger shares his unique firsthand perspective on President Kennedy as military leader of the free world. He races the development of JFK's hands-on relationship with the armed forces - closer than any other post war president's - against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs, through Laos, Vietnam, and the Berlin Wall, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the space program. John F. Kennedy: Commander in Chief presents period photographs, many recently discovered in the files of the Department of Defense, that show the president's interaction with troops, equipment, and combat demonstrations. Also included are reproductions of directives and of transcripts of recently released recordings of the EXCOM crisis meetings and commentary from Marcus Wolf, former deputy director of the East German secret police agency, STASI. The eminent historian and Kennedy White House staff member Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., provides a foreword to the book. These enhance Salinger's text, richly contributing to this overdue celebration of a military architect who - despite many challenges - averted the United States armed forces involvement in any live-fire incidents. John F. Kennedy:Commander in Chief is a revelation for military buffs and Kennedy fans alike.

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Pierre Salinger was a concert pianist at age six, a decorated naval hero at age twenty, and an award-winning journalist by the time he was twenty-six. At just thirty-five, Salinger became Press Secretary for John F. Kennedy. During President Kennedy's brief tenure, Salinger participated in many events of unparalleled historic significance. He later became a U.S. senator, and then worked in television and film. Following the assassination of Robert Kennedy, Salinger moved to France, where he was ABC Television's Paris bureau chief. Formerly a vice-chairman of Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm, he lives in Washington, D.C., and France. He has
written several books on the Kennedy family.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., was a history professor at Harvard University when he joined John F. Kennedy's White House staff as a senior member and he was, unofficially, that administration's court historian. He is the author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Days.
William S. Butler, who did the photographic research for this book, is a writer, book producer, and publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky.

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