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Overview

In 1,000 days in office, John F. Kennedy captivated a nation and inspired a generation. His mastery of a new form of media-television-enabled him to become the most accessible president of his time. Kennedy energized the presidency and imbued it with unrivaled style and grace.

The Everything John F. Kennedy Book is an intimate portrait of our youngest president and his lasting legacy, covering:

  • His privileged childhood and the influence of his parents
  • Illnesses and family tragedies that shaped him
  • Meeting and romancing Jacqueline Bouvier
  • His part in the first televised presidential debates
  • The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis
  • His commitment to the Peace Corps and the space race
  • His connection with the Civil Rights movement
  • His assassination in Dallas
From World War II hero to beloved president, Kennedy's short life and tragic death left a permanent mark on the American psyche. More than forty years later, his message of hope resonates with a whole new generation of Americans. Relive the drama, the romance, and the promise of the Kennedy presidency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598695298
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Everything (Biography) Series
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica McElrath is the author of The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book and is the Guide to African American History for About.com. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in California.
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Table of Contents

John F. Kennedy's Top Ten Accomplishments     x
Introduction     xi
The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys     1
The Kennedy Family's Irish Roots     2
Anti-Irish Catholic Sentiment in Boston     4
JFK's Grandfather: Patrick Joseph Kennedy     5
JFK's Grandfather: John F. Fitzgerald     8
JFK's Father: Joseph Patrick Kennedy     11
JFK's Mother: Rose Fitzgerald     12
Marriage Unites the Families     12
JFK's Early Life     15
Enjoying a Wealthy Lifestyle     16
Seeking Motherly Affection     19
Brotherly Love: Jack and Joe Jr.     21
Life at Boarding School     21
The Kennedy Standard     23
Medical Problems     24
Defying the Rules     25
Harvard Bound     29
A Detour Before Harvard     30
A Lady's Man     31
Athletic Endeavors     32
European Tour     33
Preparing for a Political Career     34
Why England Slept     38
Military Service     43
Navy Life in Washington     44
A Controversial Romance     47
Sea Duty forJFK     49
A Heroic Act     51
A Hero's Welcome     55
Medical Ailments Disrupt Military Service     56
Finding His Way     59
A Devastating Time: Joe Jr.'s Death     60
A Stint as a Journalist     60
Considering a Political Career     62
Seeking a Congressional Seat     64
Canvassing for Votes     67
Congressman John F. Kennedy     73
Representing His Constituents     74
Joe Kennedy's Influence     77
A Bachelor Lifestyle     78
Visiting Ireland     79
An Astonishing Medical Diagnosis     81
The Death of Kathleen Kennedy     81
Political Aspirations Beyond the House     83
Developing a Stance on Communism     84
Senator John F. Kennedy     87
An Enthusiastic Campaign     88
Winning the Ethnic Vote     91
Setting Up an Office     91
Marrying Jacqueline Bouvier     92
Seeking National Attention     95
Undergoing a Life-Threatening Surgery     97
Failing to Condemn Senator McCarthy     99
Writing Profiles in Courage     100
The Road to the White House     103
An Unsuccessful Bid for the Vice Presidency     104
Advancing Presidential Ambitions     107
Gaining Popularity     112
Announcing Candidacy for President     113
On the Campaign Trail     115
Winning the Democratic Nomination     117
Choosing a Running Mate     119
The Presidential Election     123
Overcoming the Doubts and Rumors     124
Taking On the Catholic Issue     125
The Great Debate     127
Securing the African American Vote     129
Winning the Election     132
Preparing for the Presidency     133
The First Hundred Days     137
A Memorable Inaugural Address     138
Embracing the Press     140
Tackling Civil Rights Issues     141
Taking On the Domestic Economy     142
Establishing the Peace Corps     143
The U.S.-Soviet Rivalry     145
The Wide-Reaching Threat of Communism     147
The Bay of Pigs Invasion     149
Considering an Invasion of Cuba     150
Approving the Plan     151
The Invasion: Operation Bumpy Road      153
The Burden of Defeat     155
The Lessons of Cuba     157
Promoting the Cause of Freedom     159
The Freedom Rides     160
A Second State of the Union Address     165
Meeting with President de Gaulle in France     166
Meeting with Khrushchev     168
The Berlin Crisis     172
Protecting the American People     177
Operation Mongoose     178
Nuclear Testing and Civil Defense     179
Providing Aid to South Vietnam     181
Pressuring the Steel Companies     184
Revitalizing the Domestic Economy     188
Protecting James Meredith     189
The Cuban Missile Crisis     193
Rumors of Soviet Missile Buildup in Cuba     194
Buildup to October     195
The Beginning of the Thirteen Days     197
Instituting a Blockade     199
Informing the Nation     201
Negotiating a Resolution     203
Balancing Domestic and Foreign Affairs     209
Racial Tension in Birmingham     210
Supporting Civil Rights     214
Proposing Civil Rights Legislation     215
Mastering Foreign Affairs      216
Making the Case for Peace     219
Negotiating a Test Ban Treaty     220
The Last Days of Camelot     223
Promoting the Space Program     224
Revisiting the Cuban Situation     224
Keeping a Handle on Vietnam     226
The March on Washington     228
Assassinated in Texas     232
The Nation Mourns     233
Conspiracy Theories     236
The Personal Side of John F. Kennedy     241
JFK and Jackie     242
An Unfaithful Husband     243
Kennedy's Children     247
Lifelong Medical Problems     251
Kennedy's View on a Free Press     253
Kennedy's Catholic Faith     254
John F. Kennedy's Legacy     257
A Global Icon     258
Preserving Kennedy's Legacy     260
Kennedy's Cold War Legacy     264
Kennedy's Legacy on Civil Rights     267
His Leadership Inspired a Nation     268
John F. Kennedy's Siblings     269
Timeline     281
Bibliography and Web Site Resources     285
Index     287

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