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The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by [Sabato, Larry J.]
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The Kennedy Half Century is a Master Class in discovering and evaluating John F. Kennedy as a man,a President and a game-changing figure in American life. The cultural change Kennedy brought to the nation is the real and original contribution Larry J. Sabato brings to the never-ending debates about the 35th President. (Richard Reeves, author of PORTRAIT OF CAMELOT: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House)

In The Kennedy Half-Century, Larry Sabato not only sheds new light on the assassination, but, and more importantly, masterfully explains the enduring legacy of Kennedy and his 1000 days in office. (John Grisham)

Larry Sabato has compiled a mountain of research that is sure to be the go-to reference on the assassination for years to come. He seems to have examined any and everything connected to Kennedy's death and brought new insight and understanding to that awful weekend when America lost its innocence. (Bob Schieffer, CBS News)

After a hundred interviews with great and lowly figures, Sabato had pollsters measure the reactions, and used their data to deduce some provocative explanations of why JFK's legacy has loomed over his successors. (American History)

Ambitious. Sabato is the most prominent political scientist of our age.. a valuable contribution to the literature of the assassination. (James Rosen National Review)

In The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Sabato shows how Kennedy was transformed from a charismatic, if flawed, man into a mythological figure on the scale of Abraham Lincoln. Sabato goes far beyond Kennedy's presidency to explore how his legacy has affected every president since, particularly Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Most important, Sabato relies on "cutting-edge audio technology" to debunk a key finding of a House committee in 1979 that an open microphone on a Dallas police officer's motorcycle picked up the sound of a fourth shot - suggesting the involvement of a second shooter. (The Columbus Dispatch)

If you think you know everything about the Kennedy assassination, you haven't read Larry Sabato's book. I urge you to do so! (Julian Bond)

The Kennedy Half-Century is full of new insights and revelations about a President whose tragic death left so many wondering, "What if?" This is a fascinating examination of the policies he put in place and how they influenced the nine Presidents who followed him into the oval office. (Katie Couric)

...a timely, well-documented, and measured view of our 35th president. (Publishers Weekly)

A fascinating and thought-provoking analysis. (Philadelphia Inquirer on A MORE PERFECT CONSTITUTION)

Some of Mr. Sabato's suggested amendments are quite sensible and, according to a poll he commissioned, quite popular...The obvious question is whether America's political system requires such radical surgery. Mr. Sabato would reply: That's for a constitutional convention to decide. Fair enough. (The Wall Street Journal on A MORE PERFECT CONSTITUTION)

[Sabato's] lively, conversational tone and compelling examples make the reader a more than willing student for this updated civics lesson. (The Hill on A MORE PERFECT CONSTITUTION)

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An original and illuminating narrative revealing John F. Kennedy's lasting influence on America, by the acclaimed political analyst Larry J. Sabato.

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  • Print Length: 621 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1620402807
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIR97SY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
It has been more than fifty years now since that tragic day in Dallas in 1963, and yet the public fascination with JFK shows no sign of abating. Despite a presidency of just over a thousand days he is consistently ranked up with the greatest of American presidents; books, articles, documents, films, video games continue to pour out every year; and few policy initiatives or presidential campaigns have been complete without some kind of Kennedy endorsement.

In this truly engrossing book, Larry Sabato sets out to explore that Kennedy legacy, looking first at his campaign for the presidency, his brief tenure in the White House and his assassination in Dallas on 22nd November 1963. He then explores the conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy's death and the various investigations, primarily the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

The second half of this book is devoted to the post-Kennedy presidents and how they variously tackled the ghost in the White House, with both Democrats and Republicans consciously positioning themselves as Kennedy's successors, invoking his actions, speeches and legislation as precedents and justification for their own actions. From LBJ who consciously set out to carry out Kennedy's legacy, Bill Clinton who hero-worshipped him, and Obama, whose campaign echoed some of the rhetoric of hope and vigour that was so redolent of the New Frontier, JFK has been consistently cited and evoked far more than any other President, more than Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson.

Assassination, Sabato concludes, made JFK untouchable - and that lack of any definitive answer to the question of 'why?' has only strengthened the legend.
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This is an excellent book which covers the main points of JFKs presidency, the assassination and the many theories about who may have been responsible, before looking at the influence of the Kennedy legacy on every subsequent president.

We learn which presidents quoted JFK most frequently, and who amongst them used his speeches to promote thier own agendas, and who did not.

Well written, engaging and thoughful, this is a superbly researched and very interesting addition to the many books about the life and presidency of one of the United States' most charismatic and influencial leaders.

Highly recommended
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I am reading this in conjunction with Professor Sabato's online course. What impresses me most is that the book is in conversational style - an intense, high-level and extremely informed style, certainly, but not at all dry and it could not possibly be uninteresting.
There is demonstrably a staggering amount of research behind this book; the acknowledgements page and the bibliography make that extremely clear - but it is applied in such a way as to clarify the subject rather than simply paraded for its own sake.
On the subject of JFK's adulteries, it's not at all as prurient as it could easily be - although I'm still not sure that the other party in a brief encounter could be described as a "mistress" rather than "just another quickie" - and the details about the assassination evidence that was destroyed/lost/not followed up are genuinely horrifying.
We are probably never going to come close to the truth about the awful day in Dallas; but this book gives an extremely powerful and well-written analysis of what was going on then and what is still happening.
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