Posted by: SJS | April 28, 2021

New book – highly recommended

Since receiving the new biography of JFK by Frederik Logevall, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917 – 1956, as a Christmas gift from my wife, Lisa, I’ve been deeply immersed in this absorbing volume. For someone who thought he knew “the full story” of our 35th president, Logevall’s highly detailed and beautifully written book clearly demonstrated that I still have a lot to learn.

JFK as a young adult

Of particular interest to me have been the accounts of John Kennedy’s relationships with his father, Joe Kennedy, Sr. and his older brother, Joe Kennedy, Jr. with whom he had a fierce rivalry from their youngest years. It was also a surprise to learn that John Kennedy turned his senior thesis at Harvard into a best seller in the years immediately before World War II. And learning about the enormous influence of his paternal and maternal grandfathers on his political education from a very young age.

Whenever I begin to ration pages in a book I am reading for fear of finishing it too quickly, I know that I’ve made it to a reader’s paradise. Logevall’s JFK biography has taken me to just such a place–and I am already looking forward to the second volume of this masterful endeavor. Clearly, I have a lot more to learn about our 35th president and the era which shaped him.


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