WAS JFK REALLY GOOD?
To Orwell Today,
re: GOOD BOOKS ON JFK
Dear Jackie Jura,
I have recently just stumbled across your site in the search of a list of good JFK books for my history course work; the trouble is you have such a large list I don't know where to start! I have been recommended to read around 5-7 books and I was wondering if you could compile a small list of the most relevant books for my topic, especially books with contrasting views!
(And since you have read them all, who better to ask?)
I am planning to assess if President Kennedy is as good of a president as he is made out to be, or if his popularity is due to his assassination and hyperbole or something along these lines.
Any other information I would be grateful for also.
If you read the following books, maybe even in that order, you'll have a good overall understanding of JFK - the man and the president.
JOHN F. KENNEDY, PRESIDENT, by Hugh Sidey, 1963
KENNEDY, by Theodore Sorensen, 1965
PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT, by William Manchester, 1962
JOHNNY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE, by Kenny O'Donnell and Dave Powers, 1970
JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY...AS WE REMEMBER HIM, by Mrs Rose Kennedy, Joseph P Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Robert Kennedy..., 1965
Also, I recommend you read the essays in my JFK TRUTHS & UNTRUTHS section, many of which contain excerpts from books on specific aspects of his life and presidency.
As you were not yet born (I assume) when JFK was alive, you have no emotional bond to him, as do those of us who were old enough to remember him (even though I was only 13 when he died). He was a person who people really did love (even from countries other than the USA, including myself from Canada). There was a goodness about him that shone through in his personality and it was there BEFORE he was taken from us, not created AFTER. It's the reason why his death was such a trauma to the world and such a loss. It wasn't his death that made him great, it was his life.
By reading the books cited above you'll have a solid enough background to read some of the books written about JFK that are NOT on my list and you'll be able to recognize the lies and distortions that disqualify them as recommended books on JFK.
All the best,
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