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Discover the remarkable life of John F. Kennedy... John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man’s son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies’ man, an author, a president, his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the ass Discover the remarkable life of John F. Kennedy... John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man’s son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies’ man, an author, a president, his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the assassinated president became a legend, the truth of his life obscured by his tragic and untimely death. But JFK had more depth to his character than the magazine covers indicated. The rich man’s son was the grandson of Irishmen who knew what it was to be denied jobs because Irish weren’t welcome in Boston. The athlete suffered from poor health all his life, from a bad back to Addison’s disease. The war hero whose PT-109 boat became part of his campaign legend was the son who survived; elder brother Joe, flying on a secret mission, was killed for his heroism. The ladies’ man loved his wife, but fidelity was not a concept revered by the Kennedy men. The Pulitzer Prize that he was awarded for Profiles in Courage should have gone to the person who actually wrote it. In 1963, death in Dallas ended his first term as president, bringing an end to the optimism that he inaugurated when he narrowly defeated Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1960 election. But the Kennedy legend, like Camelot, lives forever. Discover a plethora of topics such as No Irish Need Apply War and the Kennedys Kennedy in Congress Kennedy for President Kennedy Women The Presidency


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Discover the remarkable life of John F. Kennedy... John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man’s son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies’ man, an author, a president, his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the ass Discover the remarkable life of John F. Kennedy... John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man’s son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies’ man, an author, a president, his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the assassinated president became a legend, the truth of his life obscured by his tragic and untimely death. But JFK had more depth to his character than the magazine covers indicated. The rich man’s son was the grandson of Irishmen who knew what it was to be denied jobs because Irish weren’t welcome in Boston. The athlete suffered from poor health all his life, from a bad back to Addison’s disease. The war hero whose PT-109 boat became part of his campaign legend was the son who survived; elder brother Joe, flying on a secret mission, was killed for his heroism. The ladies’ man loved his wife, but fidelity was not a concept revered by the Kennedy men. The Pulitzer Prize that he was awarded for Profiles in Courage should have gone to the person who actually wrote it. In 1963, death in Dallas ended his first term as president, bringing an end to the optimism that he inaugurated when he narrowly defeated Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1960 election. But the Kennedy legend, like Camelot, lives forever. Discover a plethora of topics such as No Irish Need Apply War and the Kennedys Kennedy in Congress Kennedy for President Kennedy Women The Presidency

30 review for John F. Kennedy: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This was a freebie from Amazon so can't really complain about that. The are quite a few free or low priced books in this series and a lot of information in approximately 50 pages. JFK was not from my generation and apart from the well documented parts I was ignorant to a lot of his history. I took this book as an opportunity to learn more about this much loved President and his life before it was tragically taken. The book gave me an insight into JFK and well worth a read. This was a freebie from Amazon so can't really complain about that. The are quite a few free or low priced books in this series and a lot of information in approximately 50 pages. JFK was not from my generation and apart from the well documented parts I was ignorant to a lot of his history. I took this book as an opportunity to learn more about this much loved President and his life before it was tragically taken. The book gave me an insight into JFK and well worth a read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Apollo Hesiod

    A good introduction to the Kennedy family

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    I'm going to have to bump my Challenge number up by one or two, but I couldn't let this short book by Hourly History go without leaving a review on GoodReads. The opportunity to publish a great book on John F. Kennedy seemed to have slipped through the fingers of the writers at Hourly History. This well-respected man, arguably viewed as one of the greatest presidents the United States has ever had, doesn’t receive half the praise and accolades in this book that he should have. In fact, much of the I'm going to have to bump my Challenge number up by one or two, but I couldn't let this short book by Hourly History go without leaving a review on GoodReads. The opportunity to publish a great book on John F. Kennedy seemed to have slipped through the fingers of the writers at Hourly History. This well-respected man, arguably viewed as one of the greatest presidents the United States has ever had, doesn’t receive half the praise and accolades in this book that he should have. In fact, much of the book reads more like a newsstand magazine. The book hints at possible scandals without providing a shred of fact (a reputed affair with one woman led the author to propose a link from organized crime to Kennedy, while another tale paints him as a potential Nazi sympathizer). There are more negatives than positives throughout. For instance, though it is known and accepted that money is going to grease the tracks for anyone aspiring to the presidency, the author practically accuses Joseph Kennedy of buying his son’s residency in the White House (as well as his seats in Congress). Chapter 6 finally talks at length about some of the accomplishments Kennedy started or achieved while in public office. This is almost overshadowed by Chapter 5, which discusses Kennedy’s infidelities and begins that discussion with “John Kennedy had been sexually promiscuous as far back as his days when he was a high school student at Choate.” I can understand an author wishing to fully describe his subject, but this book seems to constantly chip away at the good memories of President Kennedy that people have rather than focus on the good things he left us. If you are intent on providing a well-rounded description, provide us with the facts both good and bad, and leave the hints, jabs, and innuendos out of the book. Bottom line – It is unfortunate that the content could be better, because the author’s writing is good. Sentences flow naturally and the book is professionally edited. Someone who wants to be titillated with lurid possibilities will probably enjoy this book. Others seeking a broad overview of John F. Kennedy might do better with an encyclopedia. Those wishing to gain a scholarly view of the man are encouraged to seek it elsewhere. Three stars at best.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    I remember it well. Not like yesterday (as the event took place fifty-four years ago) as I was in my sixth-grade math class when news arrived that the president had been shot in Dallas. My teacher, Mr. Robinson, always stoic, strict, and proper, broke down and wept at his desk as we filed out of the classroom. The eventual impact of this event was far above the thoughts of a thirteen-year-old student, but I knew something was gravely amiss. For me, Mr. Robinson’s spontaneous reaction affected me I remember it well. Not like yesterday (as the event took place fifty-four years ago) as I was in my sixth-grade math class when news arrived that the president had been shot in Dallas. My teacher, Mr. Robinson, always stoic, strict, and proper, broke down and wept at his desk as we filed out of the classroom. The eventual impact of this event was far above the thoughts of a thirteen-year-old student, but I knew something was gravely amiss. For me, Mr. Robinson’s spontaneous reaction affected me more than the death in Dallas. John Kennedy was born in 1917 as the second son of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald. As one of the nine Kennedy children, John was not originally the major focal point of their father’s life ambition; to be the first Irish Catholic president of the United States. That honor (or burden) fell squarely on John’s older brother Joseph’s shoulders. In a fashion that would be repeated by three of the four male siblings, Joseph died while flying a special mission in the European Theater during World War II. With the heir apparent no more, the family focus was moved to John. With help from his rich and influential father, John entered politics and after terms in congress and the senate made a bid for the presidency in 1960. Beating his Republican rival Richard Nixon, Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. Although his thoughts and dreams may have been on the future, his actions as president were clearly on the present. In March of 1961, Kennedy created the Peace Corps. This organization remains today a protector and investor toward social and economic development in Third World countries. This is just one of the Kennedy legacies that will survive the test of time in an ever-changing world. Kennedy’s promise to the American people that the United States would have a man travel safely to the moon and back before the end of the decade was also realized when the Apollo 11 Mission saw Neil Armstrong and Buss Aldrin land with the Lunar Module on the moon, becoming the first of twelve men to walk on the moon. Kenney’s presidency was not only filled with successes, the failures were probably even more numerous. Looking back, with the twenty-twenty hindsight of today, Kennedy’s failures could easily be overlooked by the American public because his strengths, victories, and accomplishments overshadow everything else. Dying a martyr's death, the Kennedy legacy has been embedded in our nation’s fabric and he will continue to be numbered among the great presidents of the United States. This short narrative captures just the essence of the man that changed his time and headed the American people over new horizons and shooting for the stars. This book serves as the perfect inspirational catalyst for more research into a great leader and a life cut off in its prime.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

    A short, informative, well-written read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    There is a lot of information packed into this brief biography of fifty pages. I lived through this era and a lot of this I remember. I was in kindergarten when Kennedy ran against Nixon for president and I can still remember the kids on the playground chanting, "Kennedy, Kennedy, he's our man. Nixon belongs in the garbage can." I remember exactly where I was when I learned the news that Kennedy had been shot. Over the years I've heard a lot about Kennedy and I really didn't think this biography There is a lot of information packed into this brief biography of fifty pages. I lived through this era and a lot of this I remember. I was in kindergarten when Kennedy ran against Nixon for president and I can still remember the kids on the playground chanting, "Kennedy, Kennedy, he's our man. Nixon belongs in the garbage can." I remember exactly where I was when I learned the news that Kennedy had been shot. Over the years I've heard a lot about Kennedy and I really didn't think this biography could teach me anything new...but it did. I've long known about Kennedy's womanizing but I didn't realize the news media was complicit and kept it secret in the early years. I didn't know Kennedy and Jackie joined the "mile high club" during their flight to Dallas on that fateful day. This biography contains information about Kennedy's father, his brother Joe that was killed as a pilot during World War II, his sister that married the British heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire, Kennedy's World War II experience and PT 109, his campaigns before his campaign for the presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis, his womanizing and the rather cruel way he ended it with Marilyn Monroe, and then of course the day he was shot. In the end my opinion was I was glad I read this. It is well worth the read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joan R. Craven

    Spend an hour and walk away knowing how much this nation lost that horrible day in Dallas! If you would like to know the highlights of President John F. Kennedy's life and legacy without spending multiple days reading a lot of additional fluff, this is the book for you! So much of his life is covered in this book, along with information about his health that he had to work through in order to accomplish so much in the time he had. Spend an hour with this book and you will understand why he was so Spend an hour and walk away knowing how much this nation lost that horrible day in Dallas! If you would like to know the highlights of President John F. Kennedy's life and legacy without spending multiple days reading a lot of additional fluff, this is the book for you! So much of his life is covered in this book, along with information about his health that he had to work through in order to accomplish so much in the time he had. Spend an hour with this book and you will understand why he was so loved by this nation!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I do love an Hourly History .. Good to have a few on your kindle as a filler read .. I hadn't been born during the short life of JFK, but the stories of his playboy lifestyle, affair with a certain Movie Star, and untimely assassination are well known to me .. This short did give more of an insight into the life of a true inspiration of American history, but it did come across as more of a 'newsreel' than fleshing out the man himself .. Guess I will need a bigger book for that .. I have saved a I do love an Hourly History .. Good to have a few on your kindle as a filler read .. I hadn't been born during the short life of JFK, but the stories of his playboy lifestyle, affair with a certain Movie Star, and untimely assassination are well known to me .. This short did give more of an insight into the life of a true inspiration of American history, but it did come across as more of a 'newsreel' than fleshing out the man himself .. Guess I will need a bigger book for that .. I have saved a few highlights as a reminder ..

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I was a little uncertain about the notion of these hourly histories. It seemed like a good idea, but I wanted to be sure so I started with a title where I already knew the subject. I found it a fair and objective summary of the key points in Kennedy's life. As such I would be confident in reading titles on other historical figures. This series appears to fill a niche for those who need a quick and easy read without necessarily needing a comprehensive biography. I was a little uncertain about the notion of these hourly histories. It seemed like a good idea, but I wanted to be sure so I started with a title where I already knew the subject. I found it a fair and objective summary of the key points in Kennedy's life. As such I would be confident in reading titles on other historical figures. This series appears to fill a niche for those who need a quick and easy read without necessarily needing a comprehensive biography.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    I was in the first grade when JFK was assassinated. I've read a more extensive book about him and have seen quite a few documentaries, so this short book was more or less a refresher. Nevertheless, I did learn a couple of new things that I was unaware of before. The book was well written and held my attention throughout. It's written in the Hourly History style; condensed but still quite informative. Enjoyed reading it. I was in the first grade when JFK was assassinated. I've read a more extensive book about him and have seen quite a few documentaries, so this short book was more or less a refresher. Nevertheless, I did learn a couple of new things that I was unaware of before. The book was well written and held my attention throughout. It's written in the Hourly History style; condensed but still quite informative. Enjoyed reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    mark pichler

    I am always want to read about biographies and history. why is the internet I've learned a lot more as far as intricacies of what happened to Jerry when he was in the Navy as well as when he was on the journey at parkland hospital there are controversies urban legends I guess you could say rumors Smith skip. About what happened to the time he was in his casket. As far as the book itself is concerned yes it's another book I do I did love reading it and yes this is one I do highly recommend. I am always want to read about biographies and history. why is the internet I've learned a lot more as far as intricacies of what happened to Jerry when he was in the Navy as well as when he was on the journey at parkland hospital there are controversies urban legends I guess you could say rumors Smith skip. About what happened to the time he was in his casket. As far as the book itself is concerned yes it's another book I do I did love reading it and yes this is one I do highly recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tamekia Elliott

    Life story I needed a biography of someone historical and thought about President Kennedy. I am greatly appreciative that I found this one because it was just what I needed for my class. I have a five page paper to write and didn't want to read one of those long boring books. This book was short and told me a lot of information that I didn't know. It was a great historical page turner...I finished it in one day. I definitely recommend this book. Life story I needed a biography of someone historical and thought about President Kennedy. I am greatly appreciative that I found this one because it was just what I needed for my class. I have a five page paper to write and didn't want to read one of those long boring books. This book was short and told me a lot of information that I didn't know. It was a great historical page turner...I finished it in one day. I definitely recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chikkanayakanahalli Manjunatha

    Excellent summary Though confusing in the beginning with the way John is interchanged with Jack- I had read few times to understand that Jack in fact refers to John F Kennedy. This book is comprehensive and gives a good account of one of the best presidents American had. Also, we can read the book quickly. I would recommend to anyone who is interested to know about John F Kennedy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    A Short Time Among Us John Fitzgerald Kennedy, second son of Joseph Kennedy, did his best to serve our country well. Shut down in the prime of his life by an assassin, and we may never know the real reason why. This brief novel revisits some of the earlier years of Kennedy’s life, and then moves into His short presidency. Not enough if one really wants to get to know more about J. F. K. but enough to spark ones interest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Turashoff

    While addressing several important points in JFK's life this book is able to keep the momentum moving forward quickly. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about JFK from beginning to end without necessarily digging too deep into each event. A great coverage of a great President, who in the end was only a man, just like most of us. While addressing several important points in JFK's life this book is able to keep the momentum moving forward quickly. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about JFK from beginning to end without necessarily digging too deep into each event. A great coverage of a great President, who in the end was only a man, just like most of us.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Good Synopsis! A lot of information packed into an hour's read. A lot has been written about Jack Kennedy but this gives you the big items and a glimpse of who the man was. It makes you wonder how much more he could have accomplished if he had not been assassinated mid-term and had been elected to lead America for another 4 years. Good Synopsis! A lot of information packed into an hour's read. A lot has been written about Jack Kennedy but this gives you the big items and a glimpse of who the man was. It makes you wonder how much more he could have accomplished if he had not been assassinated mid-term and had been elected to lead America for another 4 years.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Even though I found this book very short (finished it in an afternoon) it contained all the important parts of Kennedy's life. It also gave an insight into the life of Jackie Kennedy. I really enjoyed this book it was unlike other books on Kennedy (those just went on and on about his asasination. This one gave some insight to his life and how he sort of grew into the presidency. Even though I found this book very short (finished it in an afternoon) it contained all the important parts of Kennedy's life. It also gave an insight into the life of Jackie Kennedy. I really enjoyed this book it was unlike other books on Kennedy (those just went on and on about his asasination. This one gave some insight to his life and how he sort of grew into the presidency.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kidekin

    Awesome. Well summarised account of the life of an American icon and an assassination which has flirted with conspiracy ever since. The number of people named John Kennedy among the Kennedy's ultimately results in inconsistencies and confusion in referring to particular persons. Awesome. Well summarised account of the life of an American icon and an assassination which has flirted with conspiracy ever since. The number of people named John Kennedy among the Kennedy's ultimately results in inconsistencies and confusion in referring to particular persons.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julian Orozco, Jr.

    Great Review Of A Great Man This little book tries to cover the most about this great man. There is just to much in John F. Kennedy's life and legacy to cram into this little summary. It does it's best, a good reference for information about a great man. Great Review Of A Great Man This little book tries to cover the most about this great man. There is just to much in John F. Kennedy's life and legacy to cram into this little summary. It does it's best, a good reference for information about a great man.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TINA LATHAM

    Will we ever know the truth! As good a short story as this is it still brings to mind what could have been had this President lived. I believe most American will always believe Oswald was the scapegoat for a more sinister plot carried out by those whom we will never know .

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    A Peek into Camelot Looking back on the life of President Kennedy, one is more impressed at the legend and hope the Kennedy presidency represented. This book gives a balanced look at the life of JFK in a quick to read and easy to digest book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    A Wonderful Kennedy Memoir The book was marvelous, intriguing, factual, and poignant. I couldn't wait to flip the page. The account wasn't prejudiced. It was Heartwarming. .I firmly recommend this book. A Wonderful Kennedy Memoir The book was marvelous, intriguing, factual, and poignant. I couldn't wait to flip the page. The account wasn't prejudiced. It was Heartwarming. .I firmly recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sherwin

    Succinct but felt incomplete I enjoyed the book but it felt like it was romantisizing JFK more than just providing information. The story glossed over a lot but what it talked about was interesting

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Evinger

    Great little historical vignette I really enjoy the Hourly History series. They provide an excellent jumping off point for further reading or a quick summary of a person or event of note. Keep up the good work.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hilliger

    Enjoyable read This informative short read gives a brief overview of the life of President John F. Kennedy. It has me wanting to read more about this remarkable man.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michele Amitrani

    As most of the books by the Hourly History series, short and sweet. Not the best one, but nonetheless informative.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I loved every second of it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    A nice recap of an unfinished story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    anthony lanigan

    An interesting book I found that this book covered the higher profile aspects of JFK's presidency in a brief but interesting style. It cannot be easy trying to summarize the story, but this book provides a good starting point for readers. An interesting book I found that this book covered the higher profile aspects of JFK's presidency in a brief but interesting style. It cannot be easy trying to summarize the story, but this book provides a good starting point for readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A good, basic overview.

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