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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Again, Dallek concludes that his womanizing did not distract Kennedy from the larger tasks that confronted him and so did not prevent him from being an effective president.
This was a very balanced biography and not a gossip, hatchet job. Dalleck again assumes though, that no candidate with Kennedy’s record in this department could be elected today. However, I don’t think that was Dallek’s goal, and I can understand that. But his career would probably have generated little more than the limited hnfinished that most of the defeated competitors to the presidency receive.
Chief among these new resources are vast elements of Kennedy’s medical records, which indicate both the excruciating pain and personal contortions JFK went through in an effort t This is an extraordinarily clear and detailed biography of the legendary yet all too human American president, John F. Naturally, JFK rebelled At a Yale commencement, Kennedy commented that “the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie–but the myth.
Dec 27, Mike Popek rated it it was amazing.
Robert Dallek, author of an acclaimed two-volume biography of Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon Johnson, has found, remarkably, untapped sources to bring additional life and light to Kennedy’s story.
Dallek doesn’t flinch from describing how much pain Kennedy was in for most of his life and details the huge amount of medication that he took daily for the pain and for his various physical ailments. His chronic health problems were a closely guarded secret given the impact it would have on an election. He remains as popular as Washington, Lincoln, or Roosevelt yet his administration hardly measures up to theirs.
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
He was smart, and he appeared like those afore mentioned presidents to be quite sincere. It also turns out that Dallek got unprecedented access to Kennedy’s medical files, so I guess that’s kind of a big deal.
The 1 bestseller that forever changed how we thought about JFK, published with a new epilogue in time for the 50th anniversary roberf Kennedy’s assassination. Dallek writes that the president took many prescription drugs, including amphetamines, sedatives, testosterone and codeine.
Therefore this was a presidential biography I anticipated reading, and I was not disappointed. It was a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize in With his older brother destined for politics, Jack imagined becoming a reporter.
Some readers will find discussion of Kennedy’s medical afflictions strangely pervasive; others will be surprised not to read more of his lewd behavior.
The book itself was well-researched and even-handed. Now that’s worth celebrating. In either case, Kennedy’s actions seem out of step with today’s consciousness Sep 17, Judith rated it really liked it. Assassination timeline reactions in popular culture State funeral Riderless horse attending dignitaries Gravesite and Eternal Flame.
JFK, ‘An Unfinished Life’
His father Joe was an extremely successful businessman. Robeert I think it’ll last for a long time yet. Independent News and Media Limited. His brother Joe was killed when his plane exploded over the English Channel. Dallek’s principal contribution is to document more thoroughly than any previous biographer Kennedy’s many medical problems, the treatment he received and the extent to which the President, his family, his doctors and others conspired to conceal those problems from public v This is a very good biography of JFK, focusing principally on his presidency.
Didn’t learn that much. But, as everyone knows, the family has been cursed by early deaths and JFK became the eldest surviving son following the wartime death of Joe junior. As I understand it, unfinisheed many bios on JFK are different perspectives on the same information. Dec 24, Shane Haggerty rated it really liked am.
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, by Robert Dallek
Kennedy Library hide caption. This may be attributed to his achievements or his premature death or maybe it was his good looks, his apparent health and youthful vitality and his ability to connect with his robet in the new television age. His actions in Vietnam set the nation up for its worst foreign policy nightmare.