John F. Kennedy/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about John F. Kennedy.
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  • Brauer, Carl. John F. Kennedy and the Second Reconstruction (1977)
  • Bryant, Nick. The Bystander: John F. Kennedy And the Struggle for Black Equality (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Burner, David. John F. Kennedy and a New Generation (1988)
  • Clarke, Thurston, Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America ISBN 0805072136 excerpt and text search
  • Dallek, Robert, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (2003), a standard scholarly biography ISBN 0316172383 excerpt and text search
  • Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam (2000) excerpt and text search; full text online
  • Fursenko, Aleksandr and Timothy Naftali. One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958–1964 (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Giglio, James. The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (1991), standard scholarly overview of policies
  • Harper, Paul, and Joann P. Krieg eds. John F. Kennedy: The Promise Revisited (1988), scholarly articles on presidency online edition
  • Hersh, Seymour. The Dark Side of Camelot (1997), highly negative assessment
  • Kunz, Diane B. The Diplomacy of the Crucial Decade: American Foreign Relations during the 1960s (1994)
  • O'Brien, Michael. John F. Kennedy: A Biography (2005), the most detailed scholarly biography excerpt and text search
  • Parmet, Herbert. Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy (1980); JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (1983), scholarly
  • Paterson, Thomas G. Kennedy's Quest for Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963 (1989) excerpt and text search
  • Reeves, Richard. President Kennedy: Profile of Power (1993), balanced assessment of policies
  • Reeves, Thomas. A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy (1991) hostile assessment of his character flaws excerpt and text search
  • Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (1965), major memoir by a close advisor excerpt and text search
  • Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. Robert Kennedy And His Times (2002)
  • Smith, Jean Edward. Kennedy and Defense: The Formative Years. Air University Review (March–April 1967) [1]

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