An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

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Little, Brown, May 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 848 pages
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Everywhere acclaimed for its compelling narrative, its fresh insights, and its dispassionate appraisal of John F. Kennedy's presidency, this #1 national bestseller is the first full-scale single-volume biography of JFK to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing on previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life is packed with revelations large and small - about JFK's health, his love affairs, RFK's appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son win the White House, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Robert Dallek succeeds as no other biographer has done in striking a critical balance - never shying away from JFK's weaknesses, brilliantly exploring his strengths - as he offers up a vivid portrait of a bold, brave, complex, heroic, human Kennedy.

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Dallek has done here for Kennedy what he did for Lyndon Johnson (Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant). He has written the most accessible, balanced, and scholarly biography yet of JFK. Given access to ... Read full review

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I thnk this Biography is absolutely fantastic. I think its not so much th content of the book that makes it addicting but the style of writing. Mr. Dallek has sparked y interest to read more biographies!


Privileged Youth
The Terrors of Life
Public Service
Choosing Politics
The Congressman
The Schooling of a President
A World of Troubles
Crisis Manager
Reluctant Warrior
The Limits of Power
Frustrations and Botches
To the BrinkAnd Back
New Departures Domestic Affairs

The Senator
Can a Catholic Become President?
The President
The Torch Is Passed
New Departures Foreign Affairs
An Unfinished Presidency

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Robert Dallek is one of the most highly regarded historians in America today and the author of more than a dozen books, including his two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant, and Nixon and Kissinger. Currently a faculty member at Stanford University's prestigious Washington program, he has also taught at Boston University, Columbia University, UCLA and Oxford.

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