An Unfinished Life has ratings and reviews. Andrew said: I’m too young (though not by much) to remember, real time, JFK’s assassination, but I’. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, – is a biography of the 35th It was written by Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert Dallek, a professor at. Read John F Kennedy: An Unfinished Life book reviews & author details and more at Robert Dallek, after having researched the life of John for five long years.

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This reading about presidents’ lives is probably the most difficult of my various reading projects but also hugely satisfying in terms of an overview of American federal government and politics. unfinised

But, in general, Dallek’s biography covers John F. The health problems that John F. The Best Books of He was coming to terms with the idea that the US was guilty of not “walking the walk” around the globe and that it hurt our chances to be credible with Russia, China and many other governments. He ignored him and marginalized him. Historian Robery Dallek was the first to have access to Kennedy’s health records, though Seymour Hersh detailed many of Kennedy’s ailments through anonymous sourcing in a book he wrote.

Being too young to have any experience with his presidency or life, for that matterI learned a lot from this book.

Dallek has access to more records and archives when writing robet book than any other biographer of Kennedy and it clearly shows. View all 4 comments. On foreign policy, his record is mixed at best.

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I should have guessed when it was only 10 sections that this was an abridged version. He reluctantly decided to marry ina political necessity for a run for President. Dallek writes that the president took many prescription drugs, including amphetamines, sedatives, testosterone and codeine.


His achievements seem to be more style and hype — like his supposed vibrancy — than reality. He is a Kennedy admirer, but he never allows this admiration to cloud either his focus or his truth telling. Once Kennedy begins his political career inthe spotlight shines brightest on his “public” rather than “private” life; his family recedes into the background and there is surprisingly little coverage even of Jackie.

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He hardly had a year when he was not hospitalized for one or more of these problems interestingly, his father was able to falsify medical records allowing JFK to enter active WWII duty. This might have left him open to claims that he was distracted from his job and inattentive to both local and international issues, but the author goes to some lengths to dispel this accusation.

Since this would appear to be selling out our NATO allies, this part of the deal was to remain secret With Clinton we ilfe have our suspicions, but most people can only count on one hand the names of dalek who he took to the Lincoln bedroom or whatever bedroom, or the oval office – you get my point.

More than half the book is reserved for Kennedy’s 1,day presidency and Dallek’s style is consistently serious, sober-minded and impressively objective.

He would probably have been displeased at the jnfinished that biographers had dug so much of the truth about his private life. Account Options Sign in. In addition, JFK’s assassination is described in just a single paragraph with no lens on the transition of power to LBJ. But he also understood that the fact that ilfe were contradictory opinions about his life and times did not preclude the possibility of balanced assessments, and, forty years after his death – with the consequences of the options he took relatively clear and its achievements and failures mostly available – such an analysis seems possible.


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

This unfnished one of the third generation books about John F. It seems like he leans towards Oswald as a lone gunman, but doesn’t quite fully venture out on that limb. He worried about the press exposing his poor health and philandering. The ensuing pages consider the impact of Kennedy’s death on his family and on the country but, for many readers, history will seem to stop too abruptly at the moment of Kennedy’s death.

But this is reflective of Kennedy’s own interests and emphasis. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

JFK, ‘An Unfinished Life’

Then comes the Cuban Missile crisis and it sure seems JFK deserves unfiniwhed points for avoiding nuclear disaster. James Ellroy’s Bill Clinton comparison. Again, it is amazing he was able to keep such dxllek problems and the cocktails of drugs he took daily to get through the pain hidden from the public. The issues of mutually assured destruction, balance of power, and global responsibility to not kill millions of people is as relevant – and maybe even more precarious – today as it was in the early ’60s.

Kennedy, 34th President of the United States, is the first president of which I have personal memories. The narration was good, by an actor who I recognize, but didn’t know his name.