|Publisher:||Little Brown & Co|
|Publish Date:||May 2004|
|Number of Pages:||838|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.71|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.62 x 1.42 x 8.36|
|The Terrors of Life|
|Can a Catholic Become President?|
|The Torch Is Passed|
|The Schooling of a President|
|A World of Troubles|
|The Limits of Power|
|Frustrations and "Botches|
|To the Brink--And Back|
|New Departures: Domestic Affairs|
|New Departures: Foreign Affairs|
|An Unfinished Presidency|
Dallek has done here for Kennedy what he did for Lyndon Johnson (Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant). He has written the most accessible, balanced, and scholarly biography yet of JFK. Given access to more records about Kennedy than any previous biographer, he concludes that the Addison's disease and chronic back pain Kennedy endured most of his life resulted from steroid injections he received for a variety of childhood illnesses.
The outstanding feature of the book is that Dallek praises and faults Kennedy without the emotionalism that detracted from many earlier biographies. Kennedy is criticized for his well-documented womanizing and for taking a political instead of a principled stand on civil rights while President because he didn't want to risk losing the considerable support of Southern Democrats. Kennedy, once reelected in 1964, would have removed American troops from Vietnam, suggests the author, a theme also advanced by Howard Jones in Death of a Generation.
Dallek acknowledges that this is not the final account of Kennedy; as more documents become available, new interpretations and different conclusions will be forthcoming. For now and the immediate future, it is the Kennedy biography against which others will be measured. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.
-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
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