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J. F. Kennedy - A Beginner's Guide introduces you to the life and ideas of the most charismatic US President of the twentieth century. Discover more about this remarkable man, whose early death made him the subject of endless speculation about what he might have achieved had he lived.
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Overview

J. F. Kennedy - A Beginner's Guide introduces you to the life and ideas of the most charismatic US President of the twentieth century. Discover more about this remarkable man, whose early death made him the subject of endless speculation about what he might have achieved had he lived.
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Gr 9 Up-These two Cold War adversaries are covered in typical series format. Connolly traces Castro's life as he transformed Cuba into a Marxist state that has withstood the collapse of Soviet communism. Although the focus is on the leader's politics, his personal life is also explored. Neville, however, appears more fascinated with Kennedy's personal life, and the chapter "Crime and Sex" delves into the president's alleged Mafia connections and extramarital affairs. The concluding chapter describes the president's assassination and theories surrounding it. Castro is the more balanced work and a serviceable addition to collections, while the Kennedy title is best avoided.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340846155
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: A Beginner's Guide
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 John Kennedy's Life and Times 1
The United States at the time of John Kennedy 1
Father and son 3
The Kennedy family 4
The 1960 campaign 4
The TV debates 6
Chapter 2 Jfk in the White House 8
The key New Frontiersman 9
The First Lady 11
A day in the Kennedy White House 12
The media 13
The Presidential image 14
Chapter 3 Kennedy and the Battle for Civil Rights 16
The Civil Rights Movement 16
Kennedy and the black community 17
Kennedy's Civil Rights policy 18
The Meredith case 20
The Washington March 24
King and the FBI 25
Civil rights: the Kennedy legacy 26
Chapter 4 Cuba and the Battle with Fidel Castro 27
The historical background 27
Castro 28
JFK and Cuba 29
The plot against Castro 30
The Bay of Pigs 32
Chapter 5 The Cuban Missile Crisis 34
The Berlin crisis 35
The Missile Crisis 36
The discovery 37
International reaction 41
Eyeball to eyeball 42
The messages 42
Aftermath 44
Consequences 44
Conclusion 45
Chapter 6 Kennedy and the Vietnam War 47
The background 47
Kennedy and Vietnam 48
The regime of Ngo Dinh Diem 48
The Americanization of the war 49
War in the countryside 50
LBJ's visit 50
The fall of Diem 51
Vietnam: the Kennedy legacy 53
Chapter 7 Crime and Sex 56
Hoffa and the Kennedys 56
The war against organized crime 57
Kennedy and the Mafia 58
Kennedy's affairs 58
Chapter 8 The Death of a President 63
Dallas 65
Aftermath 67
The Kennedy legacy 68
The Kennedy curse 70
Glossary 74
Chronology of Important Dates 79
Further Reading 80
Index 82
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