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

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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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An interesting book about the creation of John F. Kennedy's most famous speech: his Inaugural Address. The book opens with the speech itself, and then proceeds to give us an account of the ten days ... Read full review

Ask not: the inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the speech that changed America

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With its famous call to service, Kennedy's January 20, 1961, inaugural address more likely moved the nation, concludes the author, than affected the change claimed by the book's title. Clarke ... 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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Thurston Clarke is the author of nine widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including California Fault, a New York Times notable book; Equator; By Blood and Fire; Pearl Harbor Ghosts, the basis for the CBS Pearl Harbor documentary; and the bestselling Lost Hero, which was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries about Raoul Wallenberg. He has written for Vanity Fair, Glamour, Outside, Travel Holiday, Condé Nast Traveler, and numerous other magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Publication Award for the Geographic Society of Chicago, and a Lowell Thomas Award for travel literature. He lives with his wife and three daughters on Lake Champlain in upstate New York.

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