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By Marc J. Selverstone

A better half to John F. Kennedy offers a accomplished selection of historiographical essays addressing the existence and management of the nation’s thirty fifth president.

  • Features unique contributions from prime Kennedy scholars
  • Reassesses  Kennedy, his management, and the period of the hot Frontier
  • Reconsiders proper Kennedy scholarship and issues to new avenues of research
  • Considers the foremost crises confronted through Kennedy, besides household concerns together with women’s concerns and civil rights

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He received permission in 2002 from the donor committee representing the Kennedy family on condition that a physician accompany him in the archives. Dallek chose Dr. Jeffrey Kelman, a specialist in internal medicine and physiology. Dallek’s efforts contributed to my own access in March 2003, accompanied by Dr. Bert Park, a neurosurgeon and author of The Impact of Illness on World Leaders (1986). My decision to return to the study of Kennedy had come from the invitation of the University Press of Kansas to publish an updated, revised edition of my The Presidency of John F.

1973) The Kennedy Neurosis. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. Damore, L. (1967) The Cape Cod Years of JFK. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. H. (1984) The Kennedys: Dynasty and Disaster, 1848–1984. New York: McGraw-Hill. Donovan, R J. (1961) PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II. New York: McGraw-Hill. N. (1995) John F. Kennedy: A Bibliography. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press. N. (1998) “John F. Kennedy as Domestic Leader: A Perspective,” in M. , Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited. New York: New York University Press, 222–55.

He called Kennedy’s American University address of June 1963, which expressed a vision for world peace, “one of the great state papers of any twentieth-century American Presidency” (Dallek 2003: 619). Dallek devoted much less time to domestic affairs, remaining silent, for example, on Kennedy’s war against crime, women’s issues (including the Equal Pay Act of 1963), and Kennedy’s administrative style. He accepted the conventional wisdom that Kennedy proved reasonably successful on the economic front, including his handling of the steel crisis, even though no assurances existed that Congress would soon pass his tax cut bill.

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