An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

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An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
this book is so boring it isn't even funny. the author (Robert Dallek) has all of his research in the conversations throughout Kennedy's life. unless you are willing to read 702 pages worth of conversations, don't pick this book up. the writing is HORRIBLE! there were times when i had to read the same sentence over and over because the author doesn't even know how to properly use the comma within a sentence. this "style" of writing will leave grammar scholars double-guessing what it is that this man is trying to get across to the reader. the sentence structure is just as bad. the only reason that i finished the book is simply because i bought it and wasn't going to waste the money. there's nothing more dissatisfying than buying a book that LOOKED like a good read, but turned out to be a horrible FLOP. there is one sliver of a good quality within this book--the research. it is very informative, though it does feel a bit over-studied at times, becoming monotonous and aggravating to endure. another big problem i found with the book is that it is way too wordy. there were times when the sentence was packed with non-essential phrases that takes the mind off track of the original idea. this can lead to misinterpreting what is going on rather quickly. all in all, THE BOOK IS NOT WORTH A SPARING GLANCE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I do agree with some of these reviews that An Unfinished Life is a fine work on President Kennedy, I would not go as far ast to say it is the best. My only complaint with this book is that it focuses too much on the affairs and the yellow journalism that has too often plagued our press today. while that is important in revealing ones character, which is something a president should have, I am more interested in the decision making and details of policy. This book just covers the basics and that is it. I do have to say though, it does a fine job with the cuban missle crisis. It does not reveal well enough the relationship between JFK and LBJ, someone who Mr. Dallek has written several books on. In all. An Unfinished Life does its job in presenting the life of JFK...This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in the man and his presidency. For the serious student, read A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy In The White House by arthur Schessinger (sp?)
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I could only make it a little over 100 pages before putting the book down. The author spends so much time on JFK's health as a young man, that it grew very tiring. He also uses medical terms without explaining what they mean to the non-medical expert. The details regarding JFK's youth (as I couldn't stand to make it any farther) were so tedious that I was beginning to expect that the author was planning on giving a description about every single day of JFK's life. I feel like the information became very repetitive and always circled back to JFK's health problems with a few interesting details thrown in the middle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fasinating read on the life of one of the greatest presidents of all time John F Kennedy. It tells us about some of the tough situations he was in while in office like the Cuban missile crisis and tells us all about his personal illnesses right down to his assasination. If you are looking for a good book on JFK then this book is the one you are looking for. Buy it and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several biographies of different U.S. presidents over the past few years and I have to say that this is the best presidential biography I have read thus far. It is clear and concise, stays on topic, and refrains from making any judgements until the epilogue. One of the other things I liked was that it balanced things out with opposing views, like the end analysis of the Cuban missle crisis. A must read for any presidential historian or would-be president.