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by Michael O'Brien

After an initial honeymoon with historians, in recent years John F. Kennedy has been more carefully scrutinized, resulting in a wide variety of assessments of his presidency and his life. Michael O'Brien, who knows as much about Kennedy as any historian now writing, has distilled the findings of his heavily detailed biography of a few years ago into a compact life that touches on all the important issues and incorporates the findings and judgments of major works since the president's death. He offers nuanced interpretations of the influence of Kennedy's parents, his early life, his struggles with health problems, his intellectual development, his heroism in World War II, his House and Senate career, and the paramount moments of his presidency, including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his stand on civil rights, tax policy, and other domestic matters.
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ISBN: 1566638712
ISBN13: 978-1566638715
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Michael O'Brien
Language: English
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; Reprint edition (September 16, 2010)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1269 kb
FB2 size: 1812 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 962
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How refreshing it was to read a biography of John Kennedy that didn't sugar coat every aspect of his life. The Kennedys were certainly not saints. Why our Country continues to worship these people is puzzling. I thought this book was an honest appraisal and if that's what you're looking for, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Nothing new here, uninformative, no depth of scholarship
Michael O'Brien has written a fair, objective short biography of John F. Kennedy, warts and all, which nevertheless highlights Kennedy's bright intellect and wit
which so endeared him to the public in the early 1960s in the new theater of televised press conferences.

After a slow start, JFK did come around and support equal rights for black Americans; whether he would have carried any Southern states in 1964 is a matter of conjecture. Certainly he became an object of hatred for white Southerners of his generation, like LBJ after him. The Kennedy achievements, however, made possible the LBJ successes in civil rights.

Kennedy did not have the votes in Congress to pass much in the way of domestic legislation. Instead, it fell to LBJ, another brilliant but more eccentric politician, to push through Kennedy's program.

The central issue of Kennedy's presidency is, of course, what he would have done in Vietnam if he had lived. The fact is that he escalated the Vietnam war for political reasons, and allowed the myopic Bundy and McNamara to set his policies. That was not JFK's finest hour.

The President's reckless and indiscriminate sex life remains amazing. Women were brought into the White House and to his hotel suites and the Secret Service was told to stay away. In today's America, the security issues of having these total strangers in the White House would not be so easily ignored. I tend to agree that in JFK's second term the promiscuity would have been made public, at great cost to the President's reputation.

This short biography manages nevertheless to cover all the important topics, relying on a wide variety of primary sources.

Highly recommended.