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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199754365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199754366
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most engrossing biographies I have ever read.... Nothing less than a masterpiece." David Herbert Donald, author ofiLincolnr

"It's hard to believe that someone could find anything new to say about John F. Kennedy, but Dallek succeeds in this riveting and well-documented biography."iThe New Yorkerr

"An intimate portrait indeed...unexpected and important.... This is nothing if not a profile in courage."iNew York Times Book Reviewr

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Robert Dallek is the author of ten books, including his two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant (both OUP), and Nixon and Kissinger. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and other publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BabyBoomer1 on 6 Dec. 2013
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This book was a big disappointment being little more than essay length. As expected from this author, it is well written but one expected more than a book that can be read in half an hour over a cup of coffee. If you are expecting a substantial account of JFK's life this is most certainly not it.
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workmanlike 4 April 2011
By R. Reilly - Published on
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While I respect Dallek, based upon his previous work and talks on CSpan, I was disappointed that this slim volume had little of the human side of Kennedy.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not the Edition I ordered! 15 Dec. 2012
By James R. Moulton - Published on
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I ordered the hard cover edition of this biography by Robert Dallek on John F. Kennedy that is in excess of 700 pages. What I received was a small 97 page hard cover booklet. This is not what I order and not how the product was presented on This product was misrepresented and I am extremely disappointed. I have no use for a grossly edited version of the biography I ordered.

The products need to be clearly listed with not only the author and the title, but the number of pages as well. The "look inside the cover" option did not display the number of pages for this booklet edition. I do not recommend this product.
Anyone already familiar with the story would be far better off reading any number of JFK biographies, including the author’s own 2 Jan. 2015
By Stephen M. Donnelly - Published on
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Common queries greet a new biography about historical icons such as Washington, Lincoln, or JFK—is this book really necessary? Does it bring new insights? Present a new view? Make us think any differently about the subject? Unfortunately, in the case of John F Kennedy by Robert Dallek, the answer is “no” on all counts. The book is clear, precise, and well written. In seventy-three short pages (five pages of the book are reserved for the Source list) Dallek presents a concise overview of the life of JFK, focusing mostly on the pursuit and management of his presidency. For someone unfamiliar with that life, this book would make a fine introduction. However, anyone already familiar with the story would be far better off reading any number of JFK biographies, including the author’s own, John F Kennedy, an Unfinished Life, which this volume was distilled from. One can only think that the smaller book was written as a teaser for the larger tome, enticing readers to later editions. Compression of a monumental life into such a small volume naturally leads to painful choices regarding what to include and exclude. One glaring example is that there is no mention in this book of Kennedy’s run for the vice-presidency in 1956. This was a crucial event in the early political life of JFK which thrust him into the national spotlight, and is certainly worth a mention in an overview history. Seasoned JFK historians will glean nothing new from this biography. Kennedy novices will receive a well written view from thirty thousand feet. However, they should be able to find similar material in the archives of American Heritage Magazine or elsewhere on the internet without paying an inflated price for a meager hardcover book not much longer than a magazine article.
Just the Facts 18 Jun. 2014
By brian hackel - Published on
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This book seems to answer the facts. No what ifs' or this might had happened. It covered real history that has been distorted by conspiracy theory.
Beware - - this is a rip-off! 15 April 2014
By David Lifton - Published on
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I agree with reviewer James Moulton (who is far too polite in his commentary).
This edition is a rip-off, and --more important--deceptively advertised.
I, too, ordered the full-sized Dallek edition. This "miniature book" is only 73 pages long.
Amazon should not permit such deceptive advertising.
Ordering this item was a waste of my time and about $10 of my money.
Shame on you, Amazon, for permitting this kind of nonsense.
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