John Fitzgerald Kennedy As We Remember Him
Forewords by Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert Kennedy. This biography begins with the marriage of JFK's parents in 1914. JFK is born, easily makes friends while growing up, attends a number of schools including Harvard. Author John Hersey's long article describes JFK's heroism as a World War II naval officer. At age 29, JFK runs successfully for the House of Representatives. then becomes a Senator, and marries in 1953 with many notables in attendance. After failing to obtain the vice-presidency slot in 1956, four years later he campaigns for the presidency. In Houston, Texas, he states categorically, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute." Fireworks at the inauguration.
The issues of his presidency are well covered. Tad Szulc writes about the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Hugh Sidey and others about foreign policy. JFK's 1961 radio and television report to the American people on returning from Europe is printed in its entirety, as is his report on the Berlin crisis. He and Jackie entertain brilliantly at the White House. In 1962, John Glenn becomes the first American astronaut in space; Kennedy addresses the nation on Nuclear Testing and Disarmament. The steel drama occurs and then the Cuban missile crisis with Russia and the United States on the brink of war. JFK discusses the first two years of his presidency. In 1963 Alabama governor George Wallace defies the Federal government and attempts to block desegration at the University of Alabama. Kennedy sponsors far-reaching Civil Rights legislation which is passed by the House of Representatives and, after his assassination, by the Senate. Kennedy goes to and conquers Berlin. Tom Wicker writes about the trip to Texas and JFK's assassination, Mary McGrory about the funeral. In a long article, James MacGregor Burns sums up his legacy. A chronology follows as well as a list of the many participants in this book. Special Projects Art Director Ira Teichberg collaborated with Joan Meyers in working out a remarkably successful design incorporating newspaper articles, photographs, reproductions of letters and documents, transcripts from interviews, and material written especially for this outsized, award-winning volume.