Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America

Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America

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ISBN-13: 9781593975517
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 10/08/2004
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

THURSTON CLARKE has written nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including Pearl Harbor Ghosts and California Fault, a New York Times notable book. His articles have been published in Vanity Fair, Glamour, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Lowell Thomas Award for travel literature.

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From Ask Not:
We saw, in black and white, a cloudless sky, sharp light, and air so cold it turned Kennedy's breath into white clouds. When he said, "Let the word go forth from this time and place . . . " it appeared that each word he spoke really was going forth into the exhilarating air that everyone in the nation was breathing that day.
We saw a Currier and Ives tableau, wintry and patriotic. Wind ruffled the festive bunting and the marble façade of the Capitol gleamed. Sunlight bounced off snowbanks and spectators shielded their eyes. Rows of dignitaries filled the platform. The men wore dark overcoats and top hats, outfits for tycoons and statesmen. No one imagined that Rose Kennedy was fuming over her row-end seat, or that Eleanor Roosevelt had refused her place of honor because she could not bear being close to Kennedy's father, or that there was so much bad blood between the dignitaries on this platform that if grudges had weight, the entire contraption would have crashed to the ground.
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon sat in a semicircle of armchairs. The four men's wives-all former and future First Ladies-sat behind them in the first row on either side of the podium. A faint smile remained frozen on Jackie Kennedy's face, as if she was party to some delicious secret.

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Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
briandrewz on LibraryThing 25 days ago
An interesting book about the creation of John F. Kennedy's most famous speech: his Inaugural Address. The book opens with the speech itself, and then proceeds to give us an account of the ten days leading up to the Inauguration and the creation of the speech. It's a very fitting tribute to one of history's greatest speeches.
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mryoda More than 1 year ago
To read 'Ask Not' and 'The Last Campaign' are really good reads on JFK and Bobby Kennedy. I highly recommend. Thurston Clarke is a brilliant writer and both books are researched well and cover the varying controversies of the Kennedy era.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A thouroughly insightful, enjoyable, and well-written book! I recommend it to anyone - Kennedy and non-Kennedy fans allike! It is a new take on Kennedy and contains information I haven't found elsewhere!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though insightful to the events leading up to JFK's Inaugral adress, it seemed a bit inconsequential. This book contains informative information about the language contained in the speech, but at the same time it tended to be a bit lond winded. If one is interested in Kennedy's early forigen and domestic policy, i would recomend reading it, but i wouldn't consider it a must read.