Debating the Kennedy Presidency

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 213 pages
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Despite the brevity of John F. Kennedy's presidency, its significance endures. From the Cuban Missile Crisis and the creation of the Berlin Wall to the Peace Corps and the civil rights movement, Kennedy's presidency was one of crisis and change. In Debating the Kennedy Presidency, noted scholars James N. Giglio and Stephen G. Rabe examine the successes and failures of Kennedy's foreign and domestic policies. Rabe focuses on the administration's foreign relations and argues that JFK was a relentless Cold Warrior who perpetuated the Cold War more than he resolved it. Conversely, Giglio sympathetically surveys domestic policies and defends Kennedy's record by emphasizing the constraints under which the president had to operate. The differing viewpoints of the two authors, as well as the supplementary documents, provide an ideal introduction allowing readers to examine the issues and draw their own conclusions about America's 35th president.
 

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Two extended essays are presented here, with Rabe (The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America) focusing on President Kennedy's foreign ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
John F Kennedy and the World
3
Preamble to National Security Council Memorandum No 68 NSC 68
73
President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev Debate the Fate of Berlin at the Vienna Summit
76
President Kennedy Urges Citizens to Prepare for Nuclear War
79
President Kennedy Explains His Decision Not to Launch an Air Strike against Cuba
81
Higher Authority President Kennedy Approves a Sabotage Program against Cuba
83
President Kennedy Expresses Reservations about Increased US Military Involvement in South Vietnam
85
Kennedy Inaugural Address
169
Excerpt from Commencement Address at Yale University
173
Excerpt from Address at Rice University on the Nations Space Effort
182
Excerpt from Remarks at Meeting with the Headquarters of the Peace Corps
184
Excerpt from Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights
186
Martin Luther King Jr Its a Difficult Thing to Teach a President
190
Survey on the American Presidency
194
Selected Readings
197

President Kennedy Comments on South Vietnam and the Domino Theory
87
President Kennedys Undelivered Remarks at the Trade Mart in Dallas
90
John F Kennedy and the Nation
95
Index
201
About the Authors
213
Copyright

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James N. Giglio is Distinguished Professor of History at Southwest Missouri State University. Stephen G. Rabe is professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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