A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

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As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration. Schlesinger's close relationship with JFK, as a politician and as a friend, has resulted in this authoritative yet intimate account in which the president "walks through the pages, from first to last, alert, alive, amused and amusing" (John Kenneth Galbraith). A THOUSAND DAYS is "at once a masterly literary achievement and a work of major historical significance" (New York Times).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449300213
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/12/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1st Fawcett Premier ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 968
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sobel was editorial director of Times Books, where he worked closely with Arthur Schlesinger on the American Presidents series of biographies. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is a renowned historian, social critic, and author. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    Speak No Evil

    Mr. Schlesinger tells me a lot more than I need to know, in more pages of close print than the thousand days of the title, about President Kennedy's administration. Further, the JFK he portrays is not the JFK I knew as a Washington correspondent for a midwestern newspaper. Mr. Schlesinger saw his boss not only through rose-colored glasses, but with the narrowly focused vision of an adoring employee. All of this in a prose style so turgid that I had great difficulty staying awake for even an hour's reading.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    PULITZER PRIZE winning account of the Kennedy White House, DO NOT be turned off by the length!

    Mr. Schleisinger has caputured the essence of the Kennedy White House with his strict attention to detail and moment by moment accounts of events that transpired during the time: Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis. The book is an excellent piece of work and is the best Kennedy as a President piece ever written second to Richard Reeve's 'President Kennedy: Profile of Power.'

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Excellent choice Reading of Kennedy Years

    Author Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, wrote his memoir in a way that is not only readable but enjoyable. I especially liked how he wrote not from History books but as a witness of events as they occur. I highly recommend this reading for it gives us much the same of what is happening now in the United States. It makes me happy that he "did not wait his turn," to be President of the United States.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Stormflight

    Dang, the posts before me are old!!!

    2 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    MY SONG BASED ON WHITE house down

    DECK THE HALLS WITH BOMBS IN THE WHITE HOUSE FALALALAL. SHOOTING ALL THE SECRATARES FALALALALA. DONT MIND OUR SHOOTING OF PEOPLE FALALALALA. HOLDING HOSTAGES SHOOTING GAURDS FALALALALA. THROWING GRENADES KILLING HOSTAGES FALAALALAA. NOW WE AR SNIPING THE PRESIDENT FALALAL.-----MERRY CHRISTMAS HOPE ITS GREAT. I made this song all by myself it took three days just fir all this but i am happy i made it Is based on white house down and to the tune of deck the halls

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Exciting Life revisited.

    Thank you for dispensing history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

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    Schlesinger writes about Kennedy like a teenage girl with a crush. To Arthur Lincoln and FDR pale by comparison to Kennedy. Unxiously obsequious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    A curious style

    And constantly hints at situations and events and personal health without actually making a statement more like a fan magazine than a serious bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Samuari

    Get samuari seige and join the storm cloaks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Dfffff

    Ggggg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Very good sample

    The greatest book about a president

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    To comment # 2

    Yes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Talks about

    Talks about how he dies and that he was a important man to this country and how it ran

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    sould i get this book

    ?? HELP

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Older

    Dang! The posts before ME are even older!!

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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