By Marc J. Selverstone
A better half to John F. Kennedy provides a entire choice of historiographical essays addressing the existence and management of the nation’s thirty fifth president.
- Features unique contributions from top Kennedy scholars
- Reassesses Kennedy, his management, and the period of the recent Frontier
- Reconsiders appropriate Kennedy scholarship and issues to new avenues of research
- Considers the key crises confronted through Kennedy, in addition to household concerns together with women’s concerns and civil rights
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The Blairs were the first to explore in depth the young Kennedy and how a “domineering, unscrupulous, absentee” father, a “devoutly religious absentee” mother, and a “bullying” older brother had shaped his life (1976: 610). Because of the lack of cooperation from the Kennedy family and the unavailability of sufficient documentary materials, the frustrated Blairs ended their quest on Kennedy following his surgeries during the mid1950s. Their transcriptions of some 150 interviews and their other sources, deposited at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, became an important part of Perret’s study.
Kennedy modernized the presidency, and he and Jackie transformed the White House into the nation’s cultural center, all of which Americans remembered as part of Camelot. In reality, Perret viewed Kennedy as a complex and contradictory personality in which image did not conform with reality – not with his health problems, his drug dependency, his recreational sex, his marriage difficulties, and his emotional makeup. Perret referred to him as a melancholic romantic who lived life to the fullest because of his fear of early death.
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A Companion to John F. Kennedy by Marc J. Selverstone