By Marc J. Selverstone
A better half to John F. Kennedy offers a accomplished number of historiographical essays addressing the lifestyles 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 correct Kennedy scholarship and issues to new avenues of research
- Considers the main crises confronted via Kennedy, in addition to family matters together with women’s matters and civil rights
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And Blair, C. Jr. (1976) The Search for JFK. New York: Berkley Medallion Books. Clarke, T. (2013) JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President. New York: Penguin. Dallek, R. (2003) An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963. Boston, MA: Little, Brown. Fairlie, H. (1973) The Kennedy Promise: The Politics of Expectation. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. Fursenko, A. and Naftali, T. (1997) “One Hell of a Gamble”: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958–1964.
Closer to Kennedy’s era, the journalist Neil MacNeil’s history of the House, Forge of Democracy (1963), described how freshmen, flush from the triumph of their first elections, were reduced to anonymity in Washington, responsible for little more than showing up to establish quorums. Yet MacNeil also called the House a school for “young men of ambition and talent” anxious to make names for themselves in national politics (1963: 127–9). Another general study, Robert V. Remini’s history of The House (2006), outlined how conservatives had accrued seniority and dominated the House during the 1940s – regardless of which party held the majority – frustrating President Harry Truman’s liberal agenda.
So, despite his disabilities, Jack pushed himself at least in physical endeavors. Whenever he failed, his emotional stress worsened. Kennedy’s health problems continued to plague him in his adolescent years at Choate and later at Harvard, where he spent considerable time in the infirmary. Throughout the 1930s, he suffered from a weakened immune system. Regarding a mysterious blood ailment, a leading physician even suspected leukemia instead of the more likely hepatitis. Excelling in subjects he enjoyed, Kennedy nevertheless underachieved and misbehaved irreverently.
A Companion to John F. Kennedy by Marc J. Selverstone