The Letters of John F. Kennedy

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 29, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 372 pages
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy led his nation for little more than a thousand days, yet his presidency is intensely remembered, not merely as a byproduct of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered the nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty, created the Peace Corps, and launched America on its mission to the moon and beyond. JFK inspired a nation, particularly the massive generation of baby boomers, injecting hope and revitalizing faith in the American project.

2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's untimely death, a milestone to be marked by an avalanche of new books on his life and importance. Martin Sandler'sThe Letters of John F. Kennedywill stand out among them, as the only book that draws on letters from and to Kennedy, as collected at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the library--many never before published--this project presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the times he lived in.

Letters to and from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Clare Booth Luce, Pearl Buck, John Wayne, Albert Schweitzer, Linus Pauling, Willy Brandt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nikita Khruschev, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, a young John Kerry, and Ngo Dinh Diem are complemented by letters from ordinary citizens, schoolchildren, and concerned Americans. Each letter will be accompanied by lively and informative contextualization. Facsimiles of many letters will appear, along with photographs and other visual ephemera from the Kennedy Library and Museum.

 

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THE LETTERS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A selection of letters to and from John F. Kennedy written over the course of 35 years.Sandler (Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II, 2013, etc.) asserts that "one can ... Read full review

The Letters of John F. Kennedy

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

So far, this is the only selection of letters to and from Kennedy I've seen as we approach the 50th anniversary of his death. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the Kennedy ... Read full review

Contents

The Early Years
1
Road to the White House
40
Man at the Center
123
World in Crisis
228
A Triumph of Will
328
Acknowledgments
353
Index vii
355
228
357
353
358
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Martin W. Sandler 's many books on historical subjects include Kennedy Through the Lens and Lincoln Through the Lens; Resolute; and Lost to Time. He has taught American history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Cotuit, Massachusetts. Martin W. Sandler is an award-winning author of many books for young readers, including The Story of Photography , a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and Vaqueros . He is also a television producer. A five-time Emmy winner and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife.

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