By Alan Brinkley
The younger president who introduced energy and glamour to the White apartment whereas he faced chilly conflict crises overseas and demands social swap at home
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was once a brand new form of president. He redefined how americans got here to determine the nation's leader govt. He used to be forty-three while he used to be inaugurated in 1961—the youngest guy ever elected to the office—and he personified what he referred to as the "New Frontier" because the usa entered the 1960s.
But as Alan Brinkley indicates during this incisive and full of life evaluate, the truth of Kennedy's achievements was once even more complicated than the legend. His short presidency encountered major failures—among them the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which solid its shadow on approximately each national-security determination that undefined. yet Kennedy additionally had successes, between them the Cuban Missile hindrance and his belated yet strong stand opposed to segregation.
Kennedy looked as if it would live to tell the tale a knife's side, relocating from one main issue to another—Cuba, Laos, Berlin, Vietnam, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. His arguable public lifestyles reflected his hidden inner most lifestyles. He took dangers that may look reckless or even foolhardy after they emerged from secrecy years later.
Kennedy's existence, and his violent and surprising dying, reshaped our view of the presidency. Brinkley supplies us an entire photograph of the fellow, his instances, and his enduring legacy.
ALAN BRINKLEY is the writer so much lately of The writer: Henry Luce and His American Century, which was once a Pulitzer Prize finalist. he's additionally the writer of Voices of Protest: Huey lengthy, Father Coughlin, and the nice melancholy, which gained the nationwide publication Award, the top of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and warfare, and Liberalism and its Discontents. he's the Allan Nevins Professor of historical past and Provost Emeritus at Columbia collage. He has additionally taught at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.
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