The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy: A Novel

The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy: A Novel

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by Donald James Lawn
     
 

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The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy: A Novel brings to life the tantalizing possibilities of “what might have been” had JFK remained president after November 22, 1963. This book imagines an America where progressive leadership takes hold during the 1960s, where President Kennedy, after a grueling fight for his life in a Dallas hospital, survives his chest

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The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy: A Novel brings to life the tantalizing possibilities of “what might have been” had JFK remained president after November 22, 1963. This book imagines an America where progressive leadership takes hold during the 1960s, where President Kennedy, after a grueling fight for his life in a Dallas hospital, survives his chest wounds and returns to the presidency. He is elected for a second term. He does not mount a ground war in Vietnam. Foreign relations with Cuba, the Soviet Union, South America, and our allies and adversaries around the world follow a very different path. 

This novel interweaves a two-track story. One takes place in 1963 at Parkland Medical Center and follows Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover as they cope with the explosive events of the assassination attempt while the wounded president hovers near death.

The other more lighthearted fictional story-line unfolds through the eyes of Patrick Hennessey, the memoirist appointed by JFK during the approaching end of his second term in 1968. Through in-depth talks at the White House, Camp David, Hyannisport, on Air Force One, and golfing on Kennedy’s private course at Glen Ora, Patrick gets to know the president as he reviews his decisions regarding the difficult path toward a peaceful resolution of world crises. 

This well researched alternate history will strike a chord with readers worldwide—those fascinated with the Kennedy mystique and those interested in the potential for politics to be “done right” during challenging times. Considering the current period—and the 50th anniversary of JFK’s election—re-imagining a more positive past may enable us to collectively envision a more enlightened future.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
“With a bullet turned non-fatal, suddenly America becomes a different place. ‘The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy’ is a work of alternative history, proposing an America where Kennedy survived the assassination, and won a second term. Told in the style of memoirs, Donald James Lawn explores how he feels America would be a different place had Kennedy remained at the helm. ‘The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy’ is a fascinating and original work, and highly recommended"
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/books/20121116-looking-for-fiction-about-the-jfk-assassination-choose-carefully. - Donald Graham
With next year’s 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in sight, Dallas is about to experience a torrent of books revisiting Nov. 22, 1963. There’s Donald James Lawn’s "The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy". Published on Nov. 22, 2010, it presents us with an alternate version of what happened in Dallas: The president survives chest wounds, wins re-election in 1964, pulls out of Vietnam and advances the cause of peace on every front — Cuba, Soviet Union,South America.
James A. Cox
“With a bullet turned non-fatal, suddenly America becomes a different place. ‘The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy’ is a work of alternative history, proposing an America where Kennedy survived the assassination, and won a second term. Told in the style of memoirs, Donald James Lawn explores how he feels America would be a different place had Kennedy remained at the helm. ‘The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy’ is a fascinating and original work, and highly recommended"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982906415
Publisher:
Castlefin Press
Publication date:
11/18/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
394
Sales rank:
650,052
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Although a technical writer for over twenty years, Mr. Lawn's interest in national and political possibilities has long been at the heart of his writing pursuits. Creating a vehicle to present the historical potential for a richer, more vibrant America was the driving source of inspiration for this novel.

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The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Allwaypm More than 1 year ago
Given the status of our current Government and economy, it is very hard to read this book and not truly wonder, "WHAT IF". I don't think that JFK by any means was Saintly, but more, that he was the right man as President at a very important time in our country's history. His death was a crossroads which led us down a very different and ugly path that we are now paying for...
doctor-zhivago More than 1 year ago
That day in Dallas altered an entire generation and significantly altered the history of the past 50 years. This well thought out and movingly written novel paints a vivid picture of what might have happened had JFK not fallen victim to the darker side of American politics. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up in the 60's and this book was my first historical what-if. A historian friend of mine says the author did a good job of integrating fact with possibility so that the story is quite plausible. From a truth and justice standpoint I found it very satisfying. Scenes with J Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Baines Johnson and other figures of the time are fascinating, spooky and hilarious. The story has a back-and-forth time warp that works once you get used to it. One of the ways you get to know the historical players is through a young (fictional) journalist Patrick Hennessey whose slow-starting romance is pretty darn cute. Without giving away the story I can safely say: Imagine transparency and truth around the John F Kennedy assassination rather than obfuscation and ineptitude. Imagine a bullet that stops shy of the president's vitals and does not kill him. Imagine JFK lives to do right by keeping left, and world history takes a turn for the better... It's a good read and I highly recommend it.
MtJames More than 1 year ago
Great "what if" novel. I could have easily read another 200 pages.
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