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The Kennedy Years: From the Pages of the New York Times [Hardcover]

Jill Abramson , New York Times , Richard Reeves

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15 Oct 2013
Building on the success of its Civil War volume, The New York Times has authorised a similar book on the Kennedy presidency based on the Times's unsurpassed coverage of events during those three eventful years from 1961 to 1963. The work of the reporters and analysts at the Times provide an on-the-spot view of events that with historical perspective gain new meaning and understanding, from the dramatic failure of the Bay of Pigs and Nikita Khrushchev's bullying of the young president in Vienna in 1961 to Kennedy's brilliant settlement of the Cuban Missile Crisis and his astute negotiating that brought about the first nuclear test ban treaty. This volume provides a serious primary source record of the Kennedy years taken from the most trustworthy of American news organisations. Reading the young David Halberstam's reports from Vietnam, for example, shows how truly chaotic that war-torn nation had become by 1963. At home the coverage by Anthony Lewis of James Meredith's struggle to become the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962 brings a dramatic immediacy to those dramatic days. The same can be said about the young Tom Wicker's astonishing piece of reporting on the assassination of the president and the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson at the Dallas airport. The book includes some of the finest journalism of its time or of any time by some of its greatest practitioners. But what makes the project even more special is that it also includes new essays and analysis by some of today's most important historians and journalists on various topics. On top of all the substantial content are more than 125 full-colour and b&w photographs, generously arranged throughout, creating the ultimate volume on the 1000 days of one of the most celebrated and fascinating U.S. historical figures.

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Richard Reeves is the General Editor of the book and contributes an introduction as well as commentary on specific events. He was the Chief Political Correspondent for The New York Times from 1966-1971 and is the author of several books including his most famous, President Kennedy: Profile of Power, which was named the Best Non-Fiction Book of 1993 by Time and Book of the Year by Washington Monthly. Other contributors include Robert Dallek, Thomas Maier, Andrew Bacevich and Terry Golway among others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another very worthwhile 50th anniversary keepsake 28 Oct 2013
By Vince Palamara - Published on Amazon.com
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This is yet another quite worthwhile 50th anniversary keepsake that any fan of President Kennedy will want to own. Every major anniversary adds certain books and magazines that scream "collector's item" and this is one of them. Recommended.

Vince Palamara
author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure! 22 Jan 2014
By DC - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an exceptional compilation for Kennedy freaks. To read the journalistic style of that era was an added bonus. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough 8 Jan 2014
By Sioux - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very detailed and beautifully photographed book. My husband hasn't finished it yet, but so far he is very happy with it. It seems to thoroughly cover everything. He has purchased many books on JFK and this one does not disappoint.
5.0 out of 5 stars Momentous Times 16 May 2014
By Lara - Published on Amazon.com
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The NY Times had a particularly strong group of reporters in the '60s, so this book
serves as a cogent reminder of the strengths and weaknesses of the Kennedy administration.
Reportage of the calamitous slide into the war in Vietnam is particularly chilling.
5.0 out of 5 stars American History Beautifully illustrated 26 Feb 2014
By Rebecca W. Comstock - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this as a gift for my history buff husband. Many interesting and evocative black and white photographs of an emotional time in the White House. Book is gorgeous, and arrived quickly and in perfect condition
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