9780316172387

Unfinished Life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

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  • ISBN13:

    9780316172387

  • ISBN10:

    0316172383

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-13
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Summary

An Unfinished Life is the first major, single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives to tell Kennedy's story.We learn for the first time just how sick Kennedy was, what medications he took and concealed from all but a few, and how severely his medical condition affected his actions as President. We learn for the first time the real story of how Bobby was selected as Attorney General. Dallek reveals exactly what Jack's father did to help his election to the presidency, and he follows previously unknown evidence to show what path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived.Dallek (LIFTS) JFK out of the gossips and back onto the world stage, showing that while he was the son of privilege, he faced great obstacles and fought on with remarkable courage. Never shying away from Kennedy's weaknesses, Dallek also brilliantly explores his strengths. The result is a portrait of a bold, brave, human Kennedy, once again a hero.

Author Biography

Robert Dallek is currently a professor of history at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
PART ONE Growing Up
Beginnings
3(23)
Privileged Youth
26(43)
The Terrors of Life
69(42)
PART TWO Public Service
Choosing Politics
111(23)
The Congressman
134(43)
The Senator
177(52)
PART THREE Can a Catholic Become President?
Nomination
229(38)
Election
267(32)
PART FOUR The President
The Torch Is Passed
299(29)
The Schooling of a President
328(45)
A World of Troubles
373(42)
Crisis Manager
415(27)
Reluctant Warrior
442(28)
The Limits of Power
470(34)
Frustrations and ``Botches''
504(31)
To the Brink --- And Back
535(40)
New Departures: Domestic Affairs
575(32)
New Departures: Foreign Affairs
607(24)
An Unfinished Presidency
631(72)
Epilogue 703(10)
Acknowledgments 713(3)
Sources 716(1)
Notes 717(88)
Bibliography 805(7)
Index 812

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