The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
On Sale: October 15, 2013
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John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because
of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star
still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his
assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst
Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and
inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating
and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the
media, the general public, and especially on each of his
nine presidential successors.
A recent Gallup poll
gave JFK the highest job approval rating of any of those
successors, and millions remain captivated by his one
thousand days in the White House. For all of them, and for
those who feel he would not be judged so highly if he hadn’t
died tragically in office, The Kennedy Half-Century will be
particularly revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK’s
assassination using heretofore unseen information to which
he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary
effect the assassination has had on Americans of every
modern generation through the most extensive survey ever
undertaken on the public’s view of a historical figure. The
full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished
pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling
portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal
killing. Just as significantly, Sabato shows how JFK’s
presidency has strongly influenced the policies and
decisions—often in surprising ways—of every president
Among the hundreds of books devoted to JFK,
The Kennedy Half-Century stands apart for its rich insight
and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will
appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK’s short
presidency has had on our national psyche.
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