Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited

Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited

by Mark J. White
     
 

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The shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 propelled the memory of the slain president to a revered status. Naturally enough, the public came to terms with the tragedy in Dallas by investing the chief executive's life with Lincolnesque significance--a moral importance transcending politics.

Traditionally, historians have accentuated either

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The shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 propelled the memory of the slain president to a revered status. Naturally enough, the public came to terms with the tragedy in Dallas by investing the chief executive's life with Lincolnesque significance--a moral importance transcending politics.

Traditionally, historians have accentuated either the positive "Camelot" or the negative "counter-Camelot" view of JFK. Measured appreciation became adulation and criticism evolved into vilification. Bringing together leading Kennedy scholars with a group of younger historians, Mark J. White demonstrates that both versions of JFK are unsatisfying caricatures, lacking subtlety and nuance. Using recently declassified documents, Kennedy examines many of the key issues surrounding the president's time in the White House: Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the Berlin issue, the space race, relations with de Gaulle, and trade policy. Rejecting the idolatry and bitterness evident in so many previous works on JFK, the volume presents a compelling reappraisal of the Kennedy presidency.

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Kennedy scholars and younger historians go beyond the Camelot and counter-Camelot stereotypes of JFK, drawing on recently declassified documents. They examine key issues of the Kennedy administration, including Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the space race, trade policy, and Kennedy's extramarital liaisons and drug use. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333659410
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. White is Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of , also available from NYU Press.

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