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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conspiracy free account of JFK, 9 Mar. 2004
This review is from: John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life 1917-1963 (Hardcover)
Robert Dallek gets the formula right in an excellent biography of JFK. This book concentrates on JFK's life and deliberately avoids controversy about who shot him and all the conspiracy theories that have arisen since November 22nd 1963.
Like millions of others, I remember the day well that JFK was assassinated. I was only four years old at the time, but the memory of "a bad man" coming out of the clouds to get him still lingers to this day. I have had a fascination about JFK and what he could have achieved. I have visited the 6th Floor museum in Dallas, collect US coins with his portrait, and now I have read a brilliant biography of him.
The book largely concludes that JFK had a mostly uneventful life as a Senator and that his Presidency was all to short to really describe him as a great President. However, his role in the Cuban missile crisis where he played brinkmanship with Kruschev is brilliantly described - we can all be thankful that he was a powerful diplomat who saw military action as a last straw.
Vietnam, Berlin, Bay of Pigs, Civil Rights - they all described magnificently. Once criticism that I would have it that the author states that he was able to use new information in this biography not found in others from material released by Russian government in particular. It would have been useful to know which pieces of information are new.
JFK's early life gets a lot of detail - one wonders what he would have done if his brother Joe had survived the war. In fact, JFK's unfinished life asks a lot of "What ifs?"
What if he had been exposed in the press as a womanizer of libidinous proportions?
What if Kruschev called his bluff over Cuban missiles?
What if he lived to get elected to a second term?
Those looking for gory details about the assassination and answers to "Who shot JFK" will be disappointed - this is not the thrust of this book.
Read it and enjoy.
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