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The Kennedy Half-century

The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
Sabato, Larry (Book - 2013 )
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"John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago--yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato--himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency--explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors. A recent Gallup poll gave JFK the highest job approval rating of any of those successors, and millions remain captivated by his one thousand days in the White House. For all of them, and for those who feel he would not be judged so highly if he hadn't died tragically in office, The Kennedy Half-Century will be particularly revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK's assassination using heretofore unseen information to which he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary effect the assassination has had on Americans of every modern generation through the most extensive survey ever undertaken on the public's view of a historical figure. The full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal killing. Just as significantly, Sabato shows how JFK's presidency has strongly influenced the policies and decisions--often in surprising ways--of every president since. Among the hundreds of books devoted to JFK, The Kennedy Half-Century stands apart for its rich insight and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK's short presidency has had on our national psyche"--
Authors: Sabato, Larry
Title: The Kennedy half-century
the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of John F. Kennedy
Published: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Characteristics: xiii, 603 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm
Contents: The birth of a legacy
"President Kennedy dies at 1 P.M. Central Standard time"
"All the marbles"
Victory without a mandate
The torch is passed
Steel at home and abroad
Europe, space, and Southeast Asia
Echoes from Dealey Plaza
11/22/63 : questions, answers, mysteries
Rounding up the usual suspects : the assassination's Puzzle Palace
Examining the physical evidence : old and new controversies
Inevitability : the assassination that had to happen
The assassination and the Kennedy legacy
"Let us continue" : Lyndon Johnson, pretender to the throne
Crossed swords : Camelot vs. the Great Society
"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming" : JFK's repudiation and revival
The Carters and the Kennedys : Democratic Hatfields and McCoys
Reagan and Kennedy : opposites attract
Clinton grabs Kennedy's torch
G.W. Bush : back to the Republican Kennedys
Full circle : the twinning of Barack Obama and John Kennedy
The people's president
A flame eternal?
Summary: "John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago--yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato--himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency--explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors. A recent Gallup poll gave JFK the highest job approval rating of any of those successors, and millions remain captivated by his one thousand days in the White House. For all of them, and for those who feel he would not be judged so highly if he hadn't died tragically in office, The Kennedy Half-Century will be particularly revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK's assassination using heretofore unseen information to which he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary effect the assassination has had on Americans of every modern generation through the most extensive survey ever undertaken on the public's view of a historical figure. The full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal killing. Just as significantly, Sabato shows how JFK's presidency has strongly influenced the policies and decisions--often in surprising ways--of every president since. Among the hundreds of books devoted to JFK, The Kennedy Half-Century stands apart for its rich insight and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK's short presidency has had on our national psyche"--
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 1620402807
9781620402801
Branch Call Number: 973.922 SAB
Statement of Responsibility: Larry J. Sabato
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [429]-581) and index.
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1989- United States Politics and government 1945-1989. Public opinion United States. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Public opinion. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Assassination. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Influence.
Topical Term: Public opinion
LCCN: 2013023969
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Nov 04, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Given that so much of the JFK administration's plans and projects were completely flipped after his assassination, Sabato's premise of future influence is rather suspect? Yes, "affirmative action" did indeed originate from President Kennedy, and many, many, many technological achievements - often incrementally - accrued from the NASA/Moon Project, and the Internet, contrary to trivialized history ascribing it to DARPA, did originate from the Kennedy administration's instigation, but much of the progressively radical programs set in place were completely altered or incredibly compromised after his tragic murder. Of course, we shouldn't expect much from a conservative like Sabato.

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