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An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Dallek does well in presenting historical details in a fairly un

Dallek does well in presenting historical details in a fairly unbiased fashion. I learned quite a bit and understand some pieces better. The Cuban Missile Crisis is skimmed over a bit which surprised me.

if you are looking for a light read, this book is not for you. Th...
Dallek does well in presenting historical details in a fairly unbiased fashion. I learned quite a bit and understand some pieces better. The Cuban Missile Crisis is skimmed over a bit which surprised me.

if you are looking for a light read, this book is not for you. This book is intended for those who enjoy history, want to further their knowledge a bit, or challenge their own ideas. it's not written to read quickly; this book is intensive to read.

posted by Jski8 on January 24, 2013

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Why Did I Read This?

Before reading, I heard the author on the radio discussing the medicinal side of JFK's life. I also heard about his very high sex drive. After finishing the book, I felt that I knew little else that was new and wondered, Why did he take the time to write this? Then I...
Before reading, I heard the author on the radio discussing the medicinal side of JFK's life. I also heard about his very high sex drive. After finishing the book, I felt that I knew little else that was new and wondered, Why did he take the time to write this? Then I recalled that he received exclusive access to JFK papers that have otherwise been off limits to historians and the public at large. If the reader has little knowledge of JFK's life, this book will help; however, for those who know more than a little bit, I would not partake.

posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    Why Did I Read This?

    Before reading, I heard the author on the radio discussing the medicinal side of JFK's life. I also heard about his very high sex drive. After finishing the book, I felt that I knew little else that was new and wondered, Why did he take the time to write this? Then I recalled that he received exclusive access to JFK papers that have otherwise been off limits to historians and the public at large. If the reader has little knowledge of JFK's life, this book will help; however, for those who know more than a little bit, I would not partake.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2006

    one caution about Dallek's book:

    Dallek may have written a good general overview yet he recently described Lee Oswald as the lone gunman, which is starkly at odds with both the US majority consensus and the evidence. Even a cursory reading about the case (5-7 books) unearths a mountain of detail indicating conspiracy in the JFK shooting. In this regard Dallek is an old school conservative like others of his generation who accept the Warren Report without significant question. Recommendation: read other authors for a more competent review of the assassination.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    Not much new

    A good book, but we knew most of this. Jack Kennedy was a great president. He inspired Americans to enter into public service for the good of the country. That was a noble calling we hear less often today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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