The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation

The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation

by Scott D. Reich
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The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation by Scott D. Reich

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's death, we find ourselves enmeshed in an era of political division and cynicism, where politicians talk past one another and the spirit of “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country” is less visible than it should be. We seem to have forgotten that we’re all on the same team. Fortunately, Scott D. Reich has given us The Power of Citizenship, a timely book to bring us back on track.

Reich asserts that the most powerful element of Kennedy’s legacy is his emphasis on the theme of citizenship, and that a rededication to the values Kennedy promoted will shine a bright path forward for our country. Evoking the hopes and aspirations of the 1960s, Reich recaptures the excitement of the Kennedy era. But what truly sets this book apart is the unique way it blends the romance of Camelot with the new frontiers of today—not only identifying modern challenges, but also offering a tangible blueprint for how we can improve our public discourse, be good citizens, and lift our nation to new heights of greatness.

Part history and part call to action, The Power of Citizenship hones in on the very essence of what made JFK so inspirational and timeless, reminding us once again that we must ask what we can do for our country. This is a must-read for Americans of all generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939529374
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Scott D. Reich is a practicing attorney at Willkie Farr&Gallagher LLP in New York. In 2010, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the College Council of SUNY College at Old Westbury. He serves on the national board of the Union for Reform Judaism, the board of directors of the School for Language and Communication Development, and the board of trustees of Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, New York. He has done pro bono work for the Brooklyn Family Court and the New York Legal Assistance Group. Reich earned a B.A. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Part I The Man and the Mission

Chapter 1 The Kennedy Promise 3

Chapter 2 Becoming JFK 23

Chapter 3 A Bold Candidacy 51

Part II The New Frontier

Chapter 4 An Appeal to Our Pride 79

Chapter 5 Challenges Abroad 109

Chapter 6 On the Homefront 143

Part III The Citizen of Today

Chapter 7 The Next Frontier 183

Chapter 8 Profiles in Service 203

Chapter 9 Embracing Our Citizenship 221

Epilogue 239


Timeline-The Life of JFK 244

Inspiring Words from Our Presidents 246

Notes 249

Sources 261

Acknowledgments 267

Index 271

About the Author 281

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The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With the upcoming 50th anniversary of JFK's death, I wanted to read something about him. I bought this book because it seemed to be different from the others, looking forward instead of backward. I'm very impressed by the way Reich was able to make the JFK story relevant, especially for young people. With all the nonsense going on in politics today, this book brilliantly demonstrates how we can look past our differences and improve our society. It's also a fast read; easy to digest and not too heavy. I'm already recommending this book to family and friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read from start to finish. The author brilliantly captures the essence of JFK, his legacy, and the impact he had on the country. He explores why JFK’s call to his fellow citizens to get involved and provide service to others and to the country was crucial to the United States during the early 1960s and why that call matters more than ever today. This book provides great insight and offers interesting anecdotes into the significant events of JFK’s life before becoming President as well as the major issues he dealt with while in office. What distinguishes this book from other works written about JFK is that it is not just a historical recap of JFK’s life and his presidency, but also makes a compelling argument for why JFK’s ideas and vision on citizenship should resonate with the country today and how it would make a real difference. This book is a call to action for today’s generation by referencing the ideology of one of this nation’s greatest leaders. I have read many books both on this subject and the historical genre and this one truly stands out for me, both for its content as well as the context.
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