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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It seems like he leans towards Oswald as a lone gunman, but doesn’t quite fully venture out on that limb.

James Ellroy’s Bill Clinton comparison. The author argues persuasively that his shockingly poor health am fear of an early demise contributed to his womanizing. But despite these two deficiencies, Kennedy had genuine leadership skills and charisma, a bonafide passion about politics both globally and domestically, and the Kennedy drive.

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

His father Joe was an extremely successful businessman. Dalllek had been secretly hospitalized nine times during his VP and Presidential campaigns. I remember just alw I admit to an obsession with the Kennedy Family. His brother Bobby was brought in as Attorney General despite his lack of legal experience and fears he would politicize the Justice Department.

I love a tedious biography and this met all of my requirements. This look at Kennedy by Robert Dallek, a professor of history at Boston University, looks at Kennedy from childhood through his assassinatio I really had to think before I started this book because the nearly 1, pages were a tad daunting.

Jack continued to campaign for the VP spot under Stevenson but his Catholicism was deemed an insurmountable obstacle and his bid fell short which proved fortuitous.


As I understand it, the many bios on JFK are different perspectives on the same information.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, by Robert Dallek

While Jackie was suffering through a miscarriage, he was having orgies on a Mediterranean Yacht trip Robert Dallek succeeds as no other biographer has done in striking a critical balance – never shying away from JFK’s weaknesses, brilliantly exploring his strengths – as he offers up a vivid portrait of a bold, brave, complex, heroic, human Kennedy.

Epilogue ‘All this mythification – positive and negative – about the Kennedy figure would have interested him less than a fair evaluation of his public career.

The most interesting chapters are those dealing with Kennedy’s relationship with Nikita Khrushchev their meeting at the Vienna Summit, in particular and the Bay of Pigs debacle. Fairly cursory treatment of a generally fascinating subject. That said, this biography didn’t change my own view that JFK is perhaps the most overrated president in U. He was an early advocate for developing nonmilitary techniques for combating communism in the Third World.

View Full Version of PW. Assassination timeline reactions in knfinished culture State funeral Riderless horse attending dignitaries Gravesite and Eternal Flame. As a teenager I was infatuated with the romance robeet Jack and Jackie. Lyndon Johnson and His Times, — delivers what will most assuredly become the benchmark JFK biography for this generation. 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.

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And my answer is yes. When U2 flights provided evidence, US military chiefs pushed Kennedy hard to strike. Being too young to have any experience with his presidency or life, for that matterI learned a lot from this book. But my pa I ronert up this book after finishing a biography on LBJ.


I was eleven years old when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas. His achievements seem to be more lufe and hype — like his supposed vibrancy — than reality.

JFK, ‘An Unfinished Life’

Kennedy was determined to give diplomacy every chance to work, even against the advice of military figures and others who argued for an attack on the missile sites and an invasion of the island. The author’s skillful dissection of JFK’s complex medical situation, however, does pervade the text. His father, Joseph John F.

If Nixon Kennedy’s opponent in the election had been president, I’m less certain catastrophe would have been averted nothing against Nixon Although Dallek is obviously a fan, I think he is fairly balanced about the man in examining his relatively short time on earth.

Some readers will find discussion of Kennedy’s medical afflictions strangely pervasive; others will be surprised not to read more of his lewd behavior. JFK was part of a prominent Boston family. Some are disputing the book’s assertion that Kennedy’s presidency was not damaged by his risky sexual behavior and bad health.

He grew frustrated with the generals and his fellow officer and ironically given his own circumstances thought that political influence on officer selection was at the root of the problem.