JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

by Thurston Clarke
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JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke

A Kirkus Best Book of 2013

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK’s last hundred days that asks what might have been


Fifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been. As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, JFK’s Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president’s life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise.

Kennedy’s last hundred days began just after the death of two-day-old Patrick Kennedy, and during this time, the president made strides in the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, and his personal life. While Jackie was recuperating, the premature infant and his father were flown to Boston for Patrick’s treatment. Kennedy was holding his son’s hand when Patrick died on August 9, 1963. The loss of his son convinced Kennedy to work harder as a husband and father, and there is ample evidence that he suspended his notorious philandering during these last months of his life.

Also in these months Kennedy finally came to view civil rights as a moral as well as a political issue, and after the March on Washington, he appreciated the power of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., for the first time.

Though he is often depicted as a devout cold warrior, Kennedy pushed through his proudest legislative achievement in this period, the Limited Test Ban Treaty. This success, combined with his warming relations with Nikita Khrushchev in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, led to a détente that British foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas- Home hailed as the “beginning of the end of the Cold War.”

Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged demands from his advisers and the Pentagon to escalate America’s involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy began a reappraisal in the last hundred days that would have led to the withdrawal of all sixteen thousand U.S. military
advisers by 1965.

JFK’s Last Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy’s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of all—not who killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.

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ISBN-13: 9781101617809
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 496,829
File size: 15 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. His Pearl Harbor Ghosts was the basis of a CBS documentary, and his bestselling Lost Hero, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards and lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York.

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JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
EG678 More than 1 year ago
JFK's Last Hundred Days is an eye opening book. It starts with the death of his baby and the changes that made in his character - inspiring him to try harder as a father, husband, and leader. Thurston Clarke provides incredible insight into the last days of one of our country's most influential leaders. A darn good book!
VladamirR More than 1 year ago
Thurston Clarke shows great writing and research skills in his new book JFK's Last Hundred Days. I have read several books on the life of John F. Kennedy, but this one really stands out. It focuses, as the title suggests, on a very specific time frame and in doing so really shows a clear image of a leader with real world struggles, pains, and triumphs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sympathetic bio: for fans;good read however
DiverTx More than 1 year ago
A sincere and truly fascinating look into JFK's last hundred days. A "what if" book as well. I found it riveting and thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is more than just a review. It is an in depth analysis of a metamorphosis of character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
learned a lot. a good book. highly recommend reading
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mishmash of styles. One time he is strapped in back brace next running about in touch football. Says how close yet never says how many days were actually in same place or who was with the children. Said due for c section but had it.? Had one before? Odd insisting of love when it looks like just wanted her to campaign disappointing
dasw234 More than 1 year ago
all in all a good read
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