The great enemy of the truth is very often not the liedeliberate, contrived, and dishonestbut the mythpersistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.John F KennedyStatesman and hero, opportunist and fraud John F Kennedys contradictions have inspired such fascination that the publics interest in him has never dimmed Now, with the same striking technique she used in the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, Gretchen Rubin has written an enthralling new work that captures the crucial elements of Kennedys story.Rubins forty ways approach highlights JFKs high ideals, trenchant wit, glamorous family, and unforgettable charisma it also examines his astonishing sexual appetite, his lies to the public, his shrewd manipulation of the press, and his exploitation of imagery By showing the many sides of JFKranked by the public, but not historians, as one of Americas greatest presidentsRubin invites readers to decide whether Kennedy was a great statesman or a shallow charmer whether his success was due to his own merits or to his ruthless father whether he could be both an unfaithful husband and a good man.Most important, this biography seeks to solve the enduring puzzle about JFK What made Kennedy Kennedy What made him such a dazzling, unforgettable figure How did he become a secular saint and a political movie star Rubin illuminates Kennedys provocative character and explains the source of his enduring magic as not even the most exhaustive JFK studies have managed to do Forty Ways to Look at JFK stands out among Kennedy biographies as a splendidly focused assessment of Kennedys life, presidency, and myth It is for both Kennedy fans and anyone fascinated by the impact of his personality on American culture and politics Crisp, vivid, and brilliantly readable, it is a significant addition to the authors innovative approach to biography....
|Title||:||Forty Ways to Look at JFK|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books First Edition edition October 25, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||782 KB|
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Forty Ways to Look at JFK Reviews
Thousands of pages have been written and thousands of pictures have been taken. We know all that there ever was to know about John Kennedy, right? Wrong! Once again Gretchen Rubin is teaching us something about a 20th Century Icon. As with Churchill in her previous book, countless works have been written about Kennedy that have discussed his accomplishments and dissected his personality. Rubin has once again masterfully put it all in one book. She has an enjoyable writing style and objectivity that is found in few biographers. She is a master of understanding human complexity and putting her protagonist in the context of the time that he lived. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book and her other works is that she understands that most larger than life figures work on their image constantly. For Kennedy, much of his career was about brand management. Rubin tells us what was real about the man and what he and his advisers created in their brand laboratory. Kennedy springs to life, you can feel his energy, his contradictions, the pressure that his father put on him. You can feel his physical pain and his pathos. JFK's sense of elegance, his style, his ability to respond to pressure, she captures it all.
Having read 40 WAYS... and some of these reviews, I'm compelled to respond Josesph Goodfriend's contention that the book is a "bizarre waste of time." The opposite is true. Unlike many biographers, Rubin presents different and opposing sides to her subject, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions rather than manipulating her research to shove a singular thesis down their throats. As for the idea that Rubin doesn't include endnotes or footnotes, THAT'S bizarre. There are 40 pages of endnotes, as well as an extensive bibliography. This book is an excellent, complex -- and incredibly well-researched -- portrait of JFK. Congrats to the author!
A great read. Certainly cuts thru the myth. Ordered this after reading 40 ways to look at Churchill which I also recommdnd
Gretchen Rubin is such a fantastic writer and I loved this book.
I pretty much knew everything I wanted to know about this book, as I had been on Gretchen Rubin's web page and read about the book there.
This book, read over the last few days, provides a few good insights about Jack Kennedy's style and charisma, yet the chapter about his stance on Vietnam is dramatically flawed, as people close to him (See, e.g., Col. L. Fletcher Prouty's books, as well as "Brothers" by Talbot and "JFK and the Unspeakable" by Douglass) were explicitly clear about his determination to leave VN during his second term. The change from JFK's NSAM 263 to LBJ's subsequent NSAMs renders this fact pretty damned unequivocal (though Kennedy did play this "double game" of Cold War rhetoric, even as he moved the nation toward peace, which might well confuse a body)!!! Arguably, the only way he could get reelected was to play this absurd "War Hawk" game. Also, books of this "dark genre" generally suggest that the murder of the South Vietnam President Diem can be linked to JFK, while the reality is that--upon hearing of the killing--Kennedy turned white with shock.
Rubin has written forty chapters on different facets of President Kennedy's character, and on different opinions about his actions as a man and as a President. Although Rubin has an annoyingly choppy and repetitive writing style and the book probably goes on too long, much of it, like JFK himself, is pretty fascinating. There can hardly be a better example of the fact that most of us are a bewildering mixture of good and bad. the Kennedys could have achieved almost anything if they'd been raised with a set of strong ethical values.
Not as good as Rubin's "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill", but worth the read. There are better, more in-depth books out there on JFK, but if you're keeping in light, give this one a go.