Excerpts of selected speeches, interviews and debates delivered by
the last president (but one) not to speak from note cards or in
sound bites; packaged with an audio CD. John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
avow presidential historian Dallek (Flawed Giant, 1998) and New
York Observer columnist Golway (Washington's General, 2005), "spoke
in literate paragraphs, and his speeches were filled with
references to history and literature that have all but disappeared
from American political discourse." Indeed, Ronald Reagan borrowed
the "city on a hill" trope, unacknowledged, from Kennedy, who took
it from the early American Protestant religious dissenter John
Winthrop; it always sounded a little foreign on Reagan's lips, but
Kennedy-though, famously, the first and only Catholic
president-naturally took to the rhetoric of Boston's Brahmins.
Dallek and Golway, for their part, acknowledge that Kennedy had
speechwriters aplenty, notably the brilliant Theodore Sorensen, who
wrote much of Kennedy's Profiles in Courage; regrettably, they do
not go on to distinguish which of his aides concocted which New
Frontier theme. The help notwithstanding, Kennedy did his homework,
was smart and hardworking and gave a resounding speech. As Dallek
and Golway remark on the best of his public utterances, they offer
illuminations and remember little-known episodes. The third
presidential debate with Richard Nixon featured Nixon tsk-tsking
Harry Truman for using words like "hell" and "damn," saying that
he'd never allow such language in his White House. (The irony, the
irony.) The debates were followed by the narrowest election in
history, they note, but not so narrow as Nixon protested; even if
Nixon had won the supposedly rigged Illinois vote, Kennedy would
have carried the Electoral College. And Kennedy berated himself
over the Bay of Pigs disaster, which only seemed to increase the
esteem his compatriots felt: "It's like Eisenhower," he said. "The
worse I do, the more popular I get." Useful for students of
presidential history, and worthy of emulation: a selected Ford,
anyone? (Kirkus Reviews)
"Perhaps the best of all the books on JFK. Jack speaks to us again
across the years, in words still highly relevant to our
times."--Senator Edward M. Kennedy Let Every Nation Know is the
first book of its kind-a historical biography in Kennedy's own
words. Combining a remarkable audio CD of Kennedy's most famous
speeches, debates and press conferences with the insights of two of
America's preeminent historians, the result is a unique look at the
world-changing words and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Robert
Dallek, author of the #1 bestselling biography An Unfinished Life,
and Terry Golway, author of Washington's General, bring to life the
soaring oratory, marvelous wit and the intense drama of Kennedy's
words and the events they evoke.
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