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Rethinking Kennedy: An Interpretive Biography

by Michael O'Brien Ivan R. Dee
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Pbk 272 pages
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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.

Chapter 1: The Kennedy System
Chapter 2: Education
Chapter 3: World War II and Aftermath
Chapter 4: Congress and the 1952 Senate Election
Chapter 5: Senate Years
Chapter 6: Running for President
Chapter 7: The Bay of Pigs and Berlin
Chapter 8: Domestic Affairs and the Economy
Chapter 9: Civil Rights
Chapter 10: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Chapter 11: Vietnam
Chapter 12: Mind, Personality, and Image
Chapter 13: White House Life: Work and Family
Chapter 14: Women and Sex
Chapter 15: Searching for Peace
Chapter 16: Death in the Fall