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Published in commemoration of the centennial of President John F. Kennedy's birth, here is the definitive compendium of JFK's most important and brilliant speeches, accompanied by a commentary and reflections by leading American and internationals figures - including Senator Elizabeth Warren, David McCullough, Kofi Annan, and the Dalai Lama.
Here is JFK at his best - thought provoking, inspiring, eloquent, and wise - on a number of wide-ranging topics, including civil rights, the race to the moon, the environment, immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more. Featuring archival audio from Kennedy's speeches, JFK demonstrates the deep relevance of his words today and his lasting power and influence as an outstanding American leader and orator.
The august list of contributors includes: President Barack Obama, President George Bush, Secretary John Kerry, Ambassador Samantha Power, Congressman John Lewis, Senator John McCain, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Dalai Lama, Robert Redford, Conan O'Brien, David McCullough, Fareed Zakaria, George Packer, Colum McCann, Michael Beschloss, Robert Dallek, David Kennedy, Ted Widmer, Henry Lewis Gates, Drew Faust, Tariq Ramadan, Pastor Rick Warren, Jonathan Alter, E. J. Dionne, Ron Suskind, Paul Krugman, Kofi Anann, Governor Jerry Brown, Paul Farmer, Paul Theroux, and Jorge Dominguez, among others. They cover topics from civil rights to the race to the moon to the environment to immigration to the Cuban Missile Crisis to poetry, humor, and much more.
©2017 Stephen Kennedy Smith (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Amazon Customer on 10-17-17

Oh, What Might Have Been

Any book on John F. Kennedy which features his timeless prose brings a tear to my eye when I think about what America lost with his murder. This is even more true now when the prose of our current leader comes in the form of his tweet tantrums and the fawning restatements from the Congressional toadies and the GOP's media arm.

This book is a collection of JFK's speeches with analyses and reflections from a variety of figures in the political, academic, and entertainment worlds. What really struck me was how that in many of Kennedy's less cited speeches there is a prescience that is staggering (environmental catastrophe and the resentments of many in the Muslim world) and of course made me ponder what might have transpired if a madman had not struck him down. That being said, I think Lyndon Johnson did heroic work in pushing through legislation that Kennedy might never have been able to.

Get this book to give yourself not only an intellectual treat but as an antidote for today's miasma.

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By Jimmy on 06-07-17

Great original speeches

A rare case that audio is a superior medium to printed book because of JFKs original speeches.

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