35 - John F Kennedy
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1960 Election Kennedy (303 electoral votes) vs Nixon (219)
Kennedy was the first President to hold a press conference on television.
He was the first president to also be a Boy Scout.
John F. Kennedy was the first president to use the desk that was a present from Queen Victoria.
Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic president.
He was the youngest man elected president, but not our youngest president, Teddy Roosevelt was younger at the time of his inauguration.
John F. Kennedy is one of two presidents that is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
His father said "I will not pay for a landslide." during his campaign.
Kennedy was the first president born in the 20th century.
He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage."
Kennedy was the only president to appoint their brother to a cabinet post.
C.S. Lewis, a famous writer, died on the same day that Kennedy was shot.
Kennedy was a very fast random speaker, with upwards of 350 words per minute.
His right leg was 3/4 of an inch longer than his left, so he wore corrective shoes to make up for it.
John F. Kennedy had a sister, Rosemary, who was mentally retarded.
Kennedy was the first president who had served in the U.S. Navy.
Kennedy was called Jack by his friends.
He was named after his grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald.
President Kennedy by Richard Reeves (OUTSTANDING!)
JFK Reckless Youth by Hamilton
The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev 1960-1963 -- Beschloss
I am about half-way thru (for some time now) A Unfinished Life John Kennedy by Dallek
One of the books I got for Christmas was 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon by David Pietrusza, focused upon the 1960 election. I started it almost immediately and basically shunted aside most of the rest of the books I have in play to focus upon it, finishing it this morning.
Let me say that Pietrusza demonstrates that a writer of history – in the tradition of Tom Holland, for example -- CAN write an exciting, very readable book for ALL audiences that contains copious (70+ pages) footnotes. I would suggest that anyone who has interest in this election, those three giants who would dominate American politics in the 1960's, or simply the American political/electoral system shortly after mid-century should read this book. More than 400 pages long, yet never for a moment tedious or dull, Pietrusza brings to life a realistic and not-too-flattering portrait of the candidates and their respective entourages in this pivotal election that was to be (with the critical addition of television debates) the dawn of modern campaigning. More than that, however, the author introduces and fleshes out the larger cast of characters – from Eisenhower to Symington to Lodge to Stevenson to Rockefeller – who dominated American politics in the fifties, and capably brings you up to speed on American politics in what was very much a transitional era.
Whether you are already widely familiar, as I am, with the intimate personalities of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, or whether you are completely new to their bios, “1960” will suck you in and not let you go, page-by-page, from the first stirrings of the campaign to election night and beyond. Highly recommended!
Decent discussion that attempts to present the real man behind the mythology that's built up. Dallek succeeds nicely for the first half of the book (up to the 1960 campaign), then bogs down in the last 4 years over some 350 pages. Unfortunately, some of the material that would be of most interest becomes repetitive.
"From a medical standpoint, Kennedy was a mess."
These problems help explain his dishonesty, infidelity (many STDs), and dramatic mental instability.
Kennedy and his men kept these things, along with the affairs and so on, from the public. If his many illnesses had been known to the public, he probably would never have been elected, in which case he would never have been assassinated. So he was his own worst enemy. Lust for power killed him.
Power is poison.
-- Henry Adams
I highly recommend this book for a very personal look at a remarkable man.
I don't recommend this as a "must read", but the style is quite readable and fairly easy to digest. The author's discussions on the happenings of the time could be considered "revealing" but I rather think that they are available in all sorts of sources, most of which would be dispassionate statements of fact. In this book, Mr Reeves gives his opinions and shares the opinions of others too. That made the book interesting for me. When lives are presented in this way, with author comment, they have to be treated with some scepticism and several sources should be read to get a better balanced truth. I'll keep it in my collection.
40. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek.
Dallek was granted unrestricted access to key Kennedy papers, including medical papers. This biography starts out describing his grandparents to show the influence they had on his political career. How his father orchestrated his political career and influenced his private life in the example he set of womanizing. Describes how his father literally bought the presidency for Kennedy by pouring millions into key states. He also details Kennedy's medical issues with Addison's disease and well-known back problems. He describes all the pain medication he took daily and shots just to keep him going. His match with Khrushchev over Cuba, his indecision over Vietnam, civil rights issues vs. political standing, all led him to really have a less than stellar presidency in my eyes.
by Chris Matthews
In my reading of Presidential biographies, I tend to gravitate towards the larger tomes. I want to get a broad picture of the zeitgeist of the day, and I figure that in a smaller biography, those details would be the first to be edited out. This time, however, I broke pattern and went with a book that was barely over 400 pages. Mr. Matthews didn't fail me. He paints a full picture of John Kennedy and the times he lived in. Based mostly on interviews with Kennedy's friends and co-workers, Mr. Matthews tells the story of the rich boy who struggled with ill health and grew up in the shadow of his older brother. Service in World War II helped shape him, and after the war he turned his attention to politics, creating his own style of campaigning. As I read the book, I got a better understanding of Kennedy's charisma and appeal. Growing up in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, I sometimes wondered if his legacy in our culture was simply the response to his untimely death. This book shows that John Kennedy did indeed help shape American culture, even as he wrestled with the events of the day.