John F. Kennedy: Voice of Hope (Sterling Biographies Series)

John F. Kennedy: Voice of Hope (Sterling Biographies Series)

by Marie Hodge
     
 

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Although John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidency lasted less than three years before an assassin’s bullet killed him in Dallas, Texas, he had a lasting impact upon the world. Youthful, charming, and articulate, he—and his sophisticated wife Jackie—symbolized hope and optimism in a time of turmoil. Young readers will find themselves enthralled by

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Although John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidency lasted less than three years before an assassin’s bullet killed him in Dallas, Texas, he had a lasting impact upon the world. Youthful, charming, and articulate, he—and his sophisticated wife Jackie—symbolized hope and optimism in a time of turmoil. Young readers will find themselves enthralled by this biography of one of America’s most popular leaders, which explores J.F.K.’s privileged childhood and tight-knit family; wartime heroism; and political accomplishments, which began in Congress and eventually led him to the U.S. presidency—the youngest man ever elected to the Oval Office.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
"Like a shooting star, he shone brightly, and burned out. But no one who saw that star could ever forget its brilliance." These are the concluding lines of this adulatory biography, and they are fairly representative of the tone throughout. Chapter 1 opens with the book's first Camelot reference (which may resonate with readers' parents or grandparents more than with young readers themselves) and several others follow. (One example: In Chapter 6, upon Kennedy's marriage to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, Hodge comments, "Together they were to be a golden couple that was to reign during the White House's Camelot years.") One can be an admirer of JFK and still wish for a less star-struck treatment. Still, Hodge does present an engaging account of the short life of the thirty-fifth president, full of the personal details and excerpts from primary sources that are the hallmarks of the new "Sterling Biographies" series. Many black-and-white and color photographs, reproductions of original documents, a timeline and glossary, and plenty of sidebars (including one on the Broadway musical Camelot) make this an attractive, if limited, offering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402732324
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Series:
Sterling Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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