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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in the first truly definitive biography of the elusive 35th president.

By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War era. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had ascended the ranks of Boston's labyrinthine political machine, Kennedy was bred for government, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president ever cemented his status as one of the most mythologized political figures in American history. And yet, in the decades since his untimely death, hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have made our 35th president more mysterious than ever--a problem further exacerbated by the fact that no genuinely comprehensive account of his life has yet been attempted.

Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent seven years searching for the "real" JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that, for the first time, properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. Beginning with the three generations of Kennedy men and women who transformed the clan from working-class Irish immigrants to members of Boston's political elite, Volume One spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK's life, from sickly second son to restless Harvard undergraduate and World War II hero, through his ascendance on Capitol Hill and, finally, his decision to run for president.

In chronicling Kennedy's extraordinary life and times, Logevall offers the clearest portrait we have of an iconic, yet still elusive, American president.

Titulo:JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780812997132
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Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign-relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.


    JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Comentarios

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    This is the first book of a two book biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The first book covers the background of his parents, especially the controlling Joe Kennedy. and shows how “Jack” alongsi...

  • Literary Soire

    I’ve read many books on the charismatic but enigmatic Jack Kennedy. Yet none reveal him as “fully fleshed” as he appears in Fredrick Logevall’s brilliant new bio.This first of two volumes span...

  • Brian Eshleman

    It's probably more like 4.5 because JFK is one of the few areas in which my scattered reading tends to converge so often that I'm developing something between familiarity and expertise. This means I'v...

  • Nancy

    My first biography of John F. Kennedy was a comic book. One image that has always remained in my memory is of the Kennedy family at the dinner table, father Joe quizzing his children on current events...

  • Fredrick Danysh

    While the subject of JFK is John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the life of his father, Joe Kennedy, is also covered in detail. Both accomplishments and fallacies are covered. Ain depth genealogy of the Kennedy ...

  • Rachel

    JFK by Frederick Logevall is the first part of a two-part volume set chronicling the life and times of John F. Kennedy from his birth to just before his quest for presidency. Being a huge history fan,...

  • Casey Wheeler

    This is the first of a two part biography. There is not much new here if you are an avid student of the Kennedys. This book covers the history of the family prior to JKF's birth and afterwards along w...

  • Victoria Lanigan

    Yes, there have been many biographies on JFK and yes, I have read them all but this deep dive by Pulitzer Prize winner Logevall added some new insight into the picture of our 35th president. He tells ...

  • Anneke

    Book Review: JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Author: Fredrik LogevallPublisher: Random HousePublication Date: September 8, 2020Review Date: August 24, 2020I received a free copy ...

  • Runner10

    I learned so much about JFK and his family by reading this book. If you find the Kennedy family fascinating, this is the perfect book for you....

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