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

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

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by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
 

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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

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618219278
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/03/2002
Edition description:
1ST MARINE
Pages:
1120
Sales rank:
160,219
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.94(d)

Meet the Author


ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., the author of sixteen books, was a renowned historian and social critic. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1946 for The Age of Jackson and in 1966 for A Thousand Days. He was also the winner of the National Book Award for both A Thousand Days and Robert Kennedy and His Times (1979). In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

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Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Schlesinger writes about Kennedy like a teenage girl with a crush. To Arthur Lincoln and FDR pale by comparison to Kennedy. Unxiously obsequious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And constantly hints at situations and events and personal health without actually making a statement more like a fan magazine than a serious bio.
jmgallen 17 days ago
“A Thousand Days” is Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s account of what he saw in the Kennedy White House. On inauguration Day, January 20, 1961 “IT ALL BEGAN in the cold.” It then flashes back to the long road to the nomination, beginning with the unsuccessful attempt to secure the vice-presidential nomination in 1956. It continues through the three-year planning stages followed by the primary races against Hubert Humphrey and the negotiations with favorite sons to prevent a deadlock that could turn to Lyndon Johnson, Adlai Stevenson or Stuart Symington. After victory in Los Angeles the first order of business was the selection of Johnson as his running mate preparatory to the sea-saw battle with and razor thin victory over Nixon first in the general election. With victory confirmed Kennedy went about assembling his team. From the beginning of the term, Schlesinger provides insights into the initiatives and challenges of the administration. JFK came into office determined to improve relations with Latin America and establish them with emerging nations in Africa. Efforts to stimulate the economy took the form of a tax cut rather than stimulus spending because that would be easier to get through Congress. Challenges interrupted pursuit of Administration policies. The first crisis was the Bay of Pigs in which Kennedy allowed his wiliness to accept advice from the generals and CIA led him to approve an invasion plan but he then to pulled back from the commitment necessary to achieve victory due to unwillingness allow American involvement to be discovered. The result was an embarrassment and weakening of his leadership authority. About a year and a half later the Cuban Missile Crisis provided the ultimate test that the President passed with the nation, and world, intact. Schlesinger covers other issues including the neutralization of Laos and rising problems in Vietnam. The nascent Civil Rights movement was addressed by executive action in sending troops and marshals to force the integration of the Universities of Mississippi and Alabama and legislative action by the introduction of a new Civil Rights Act. Being as it is Schlesinger’s view of John F. Kennedy in the White House the sections on Dallas are brief, as befitting an author who was in Washington that day. The book concludes a month after the assassination with the carrying of the flame to the Lincoln Memorial where “It all ended, as it began, in the cold.” As readers of my reviews are aware I like first person memoirs, those that make readers the flies on the walls, and give us the inside views. Such works are generally partisan and “A Thousand Days” is certainly that. It is long with the author devoting about a page per day but, once you start, stick with it to the end. I do not recommend it as a reader’s sole account of the Kennedy Presidency, but find it to be a valuable resource.
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mcb8-24-39 More than 1 year ago
Thank you for dispensing history.
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Get samuari seige and join the storm cloaks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book about a president
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Yes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talks about how he dies and that he was a important man to this country and how it ran
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richardcolonel More than 1 year ago
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.
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Ggggg
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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
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?? HELP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dang! The posts before ME are even older!!