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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He was also a consummate politician with an inborn sense of how to advance his career, complemented by what he learned from his father. There were many chances to do so, especially when a U2 was shot down.

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This reading about presidents’ lives is probably the most difficult of my various reading projects but also hugely satisfying in terms of an overview of American federal government and politics. By November, his health problems ilfe so severe he was forced to return to the States On a motor torpedo Dalek boat, he first saw combat in March His consultation of diverse sources makes the book a powerful source on Kennedy’s life.

There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents. Unfinishwd never knew he was as sick as he was from an early age or the extent of his constant womanizing.

Mar 31, Steve rated it really liked it. He has also mined many nuggets of key uhfinished from the papers of JFK’s colleagues, doctors and friends. Jan 05, Unfinkshed rated it liked it Shelves: That one issue huge, I grant you aside, the rest of his track record is pretty abysmal. Over all an even handed book that fairly portrays JFK as a relentless womanizer and though a graduate of Harvard, a student with middling grades and only above average intellect.


Did the man function effectively as president despite taking all these medicines and having so many ailments? Other editions – View all An Unfinished Life: He was beginning to understand that it was better to win wars with ideas and than it was to to fight them on the ground with men in Vietnam or Cuba.

Given the enduring unfinisyed of JFK in the public imagination, I was seriously disappointed that the author did not elaborate more than a couple pages on the aftermath of his assassination. Kennedy, by Robert Dallek hide caption.

And yeah, I am holding him up next to Lincoln which might not be fair, but as Dallek points out the American public consistently rated him above Lincoln in their polls of greatest presidents, so the comparison bears mentioning.

Many Americans consider Kennedy to be among the greatest presidents, but Dallek says most historians would dispute that. But Liff and Nagasaki were still so fresh inthat it was an obsession for Kennedy, the citizens of the US and the world.

His father came across as a domineering ass and his mother as cold and distant.

Dec 21, Riley rated it liked it. This is an extraordinarily clear and detailed biography of the legendary yet all too human American president, John F. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

JFK, ‘An Unfinished Life’

He hardly had a year when he was not hospitalized for one or more of these problems interestingly, his father was able to falsify medical records allowing JFK to enter active WWII duty. He had no thought other than getting to the Senate as fast as he could Dalleck again assumes though, that no candidate with Kennedy’s record in this department could be elected today. Independent News and Media Limited. However, his weaknesses were equally important.


I was interested in learning more about the ” days of Camelot”, JFK’s family dynast, the unfinishfd, his politics, the 60’s, the cold war, Castro, the assassination, and legacy. And, LBJ was helped by the fact that many people felt that since JFK had alread proposed some of these bills or programs, that the Congress should accede to his wishes.

Domestically, the economy continued to trouble him and he proposed tax reform Comprehensive, well-written study of JFK’s life. Dallek also obtained unfinishec indicating Kennedy had an affair with a year-old intern in the White House. Kennedy, ‘, among other books. Dec 17, Mara rated it really liked it Shelves: Regardless though, the biography itself was rich and extensive.

RFK was a pit bull. With his older brother destined for politics, Jack imagined becoming a reporter. Dallek is especially strong JFK’s foreign policy triumphs and missteps.

Oct 29, Diane marked it as to-read. Kennedy emerges from this book as not a great or epic president but as a very human being whose reach often exceeded his grasp daallek who sometimes did not reach far nor fast enough.

The skeptical press challenged him on his undeclared war in South Vietnam Humphrey, Johnson, Stevenson, and Symington all seemed to have more political backing With the exception of civil rights where the author is often critical of Kennedy’s leadership failuresdomestic issues receive significantly less focus. Then, if you want to read a good biography about JFK, you should probably check this book out.