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Lang Matl
Author Leaming, Barbara

Title Jack Kennedy : the education of a statesman / Barbara Leaming

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton, c2006


Location Call No. Status
 CCQ - Lusail Male Library  E841.L345 2007    Available
Edition 1st ed
Description 509 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-491) and index
Contents The twenty-five year conversation -- The aristocratic cousinhood -- Sunset glow before the storm -- The form most pleasing to his audience -- Billy Hartington wants to know -- Straw in the wind -- What about you? -- By watching England we will have much to learn -- A divided nature -- To find a beginning -- On the Churchill ticket -- What the man would like to be -- The meaning of "miscalculation" -- The edge of the precipice -- The go-between -- A lesson in duty -- In reading the history of past wars and how they began -- Before it is too late
Summary The story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his sister had gained entrée to a group of young aristocrats. As Winston Churchill called on a reluctant Britain to resist Hitler before it was too late, Jack Kennedy formed bonds of friendship and family that would forever change his life and the course of American history. Drawing on many new primary sources, this book is the first to trace the arc of Kennedy's intellectual and political formation, and to detail the goals of his presidency as he saw them, giving an intimate picture of a leader torn between politics and principle, a president wrestling with private demons and unresolved conflicts dating back to the 1930s, when Churchill and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy were adversaries on the public stage.--From publisher description
Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Presidents -- United States -- Decision making
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963
ISBN 9780393329704