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The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entree to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entree to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called on a reluctant Britain to resist Adolf Hitler before it was too late, Jack Kennedy formed bonds of friendship and family that would forever change his life and the course of American history. Drawing on many new primary sources, this book is the first to trace the dramatic arc of Kennedy's intellectual and political formation, and to detail the goals of his presidency as he saw them. For the first time we get an intimate picture of a leader torn between politics and principle, a president wrestling with private demons and unresolved conflicts dating back to the 1930s, when Churchill and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy were adversaries on the public stage. 24 pages of photographs.


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The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entree to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entree to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called on a reluctant Britain to resist Adolf Hitler before it was too late, Jack Kennedy formed bonds of friendship and family that would forever change his life and the course of American history. Drawing on many new primary sources, this book is the first to trace the dramatic arc of Kennedy's intellectual and political formation, and to detail the goals of his presidency as he saw them. For the first time we get an intimate picture of a leader torn between politics and principle, a president wrestling with private demons and unresolved conflicts dating back to the 1930s, when Churchill and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy were adversaries on the public stage. 24 pages of photographs.

51 review for Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I kind of separated this book out into two parts. The first part is the historical aspects of the book as viewed through the lens of Kennedy's life. I thought that part was definitely a four or five star read. It was SUPER interesting to view WWII, the beginnings of the Cold War, and then the early 60s through Kennedy, his family, and friends. I learned a lot about that time period (mid 1930s to early 1960s) through this book and the people involved. The part I found less interesting was the part I kind of separated this book out into two parts. The first part is the historical aspects of the book as viewed through the lens of Kennedy's life. I thought that part was definitely a four or five star read. It was SUPER interesting to view WWII, the beginnings of the Cold War, and then the early 60s through Kennedy, his family, and friends. I learned a lot about that time period (mid 1930s to early 1960s) through this book and the people involved. The part I found less interesting was the part about Kennedy's thought process and evolution. It didn't seem super filled out, which probably stems from the fact he is no longer with us and we cannot be inside his head to know exactly what he thought and felt. I also thought that the affairs and other things tossed in were not really in line with the theme of the book as much. I'd actually recommend this book more to enthusiasts of the time period than those who want to learn about Kennedy. People who only have a basic knowledge or passing interest in this time period would probably be better served by other books. It kind of assumes that the reader already knows quite a bit about WWII and surrounding events, and skips to more detailed accounts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Baud

    Incredible storytelling! It felt more like an on the edge of your seat movie than a biography. I learned so many little details that I never knew before. I feel like I have so much more insight into the man who would become one of the most famous men in history. I'll definitely be reading more biographys from Barbara Leaming in the future. Incredible storytelling! It felt more like an on the edge of your seat movie than a biography. I learned so many little details that I never knew before. I feel like I have so much more insight into the man who would become one of the most famous men in history. I'll definitely be reading more biographys from Barbara Leaming in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    JFK's experience in England, as the son of the Ambassador to St. James Court, informs JFK's future thinking and influences him, as President, to think more as a statesman than a politician. JFK's experience in England, as the son of the Ambassador to St. James Court, informs JFK's future thinking and influences him, as President, to think more as a statesman than a politician.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luisa

    This is a great view of JFK's political development. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life in England and the friends and readings that helped shaped his thinking. This is a great view of JFK's political development. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life in England and the friends and readings that helped shaped his thinking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Don Heiman

    I now understand Kennedy in a new perspective. The authoress give a rich treatment of foreign affairs, but hardly mentions domestic matters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Camelot Kennedy was as rotten at the core as the original. A shocking book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diane Heath

    Maybe a 2 1/2 but the subtitle Education of a Statesman should have been a hint. Remarkably boring considering the subject

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gregg Jamback

    I was in the second grade when Kennedy was murdered. This book gave me a wonderful insight to the man and the events of my childhood.

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