John F. Kennedy: A Biography

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Macmillan, May 16, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 992 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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A sprawling, unwieldy, yet readable life of the fallen president.O'Brien (History Emeritus/Univ. of Wisconsin) professes to have spent more than ten years on this book, and there's no reason to doubt ... Read full review

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O'Brien, a retired historian (Univ. of Wisconsin, Fox Valley) and biographer of Joe Paterno, Theodore Hesburgh, Philip Hart, Vince Lombardi, and Joseph McCarthy, is well qualified to tackle the ... Read full review

Contents

Kennedys and Fitzgeralds
1
Joe and Rose
13
The Kennedy System
36
Childish Irresponsible Boy
58
Broadening Horizons
76
The Danish Spy
118
PT 109
128
Family Tragedies
166
Let Us Begin Anew
498
The Perfect Failure
521
Berlin and Vienna
540
No Mandate
560
Missing the Moral Passion
586
A Limited Commitment
613
Economics 101
631
Mongoose and the Cuban Missile Crisis
648

Kennedy for Congress
189
Plotting His Own Course
207
Two Brahmins
238
Rookie Senator Rookie Husband
260
McCarthyism Agony and Courage
274
Married Life and Other Women
291
Leaping to Prominence
304
Image and Stature
326
Coping with Papa and Pain
340
Communism and Colonialism
351
Civil Rights and Labor Reform
364
Liberal Doubts
391
The Catholic Dilemma
411
Gearing Up for 1960
423
Capturing the Nomination
443
Nixon vs Kennedy
469
Connoisseur of the Sexual Game
681
Thriving on Pressure
718
White House Personal Life and Health
739
White House Princess
765
Renovation and Culture
780
Mind and Personality
790
Image and the Media
810
A Moral Issue
832
Frustrating Commitment
855
Crisis in the Third World
867
Searching for Peace
881
Death in the Fall
899
Bibliography
909
Index
949
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About the author (2006)

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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