Kennedy: The Classic Biography by Ted SorensenKennedy: The Classic Biography by Ted Sorensen

Kennedy: The Classic Biography

byTed Sorensen

Paperback | October 20, 2009

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Now with a new preface, Kennedy is the intimate, #1 national bestselling biography of JFK by his great advisor Ted Sorensen. Part of the new Harper Perennial Political Classics series, Kennedy is a perceptive biography of an extraordinary man, and one of the 20th century’s most important sources of history.
Ted Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and after law school moved to Washington, D.C., where he would ultimately work for John F. Kennedy. He left the White House soon after JFK's death, and in 1966 joined a New York City law firm, where, as a prominent international lawyer, he advised governments, multinational organizations, and...
Title:Kennedy: The Classic BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.28 inPublished:October 20, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006196784X

ISBN - 13:9780061967849

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kennedy by an insider The chief value of a presidential biography written by an insider is the first-hand perspective unavailable to journalists and historians. The lack of candour in Ted Sorensen’s hagiographic account of John Kennedy’s life as a professional politician can be partly blamed on the literary and journalistic conventions of the time it was written (1965) when even verbal profanity was blanked out and salacious gossip eschewed. Some parts of the book are deathly dull, chiefly those dealing with economic issues; some lists could have been put in an appendix; bureaucratic history makes one’s eyes roll. But things pick up when it deals with foreign policy issues. The book is a kind of time capsule showing the obsessions of half a century ago: communism (remember that?), the religious affiliation of the president, the bomb... I think the author overstates presidential power to influence domestic U.S. and world events but this probably stems from his great admiration for his subject, who had his finger on the nuclear trigger at a time when many thought its use was imminent.
Date published: 2009-11-25