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    New York Times Editors' Choice • A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, 35th president.

    “An utterly incandescent study of one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century.” (Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States)

    Winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize • Named Biography of the Year by the Times (London) • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Sunday Times (London) • New StatesmanThe Daily TelegraphKirkus Reviews

    By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation that he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person.

    Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent much of the last decade searching for the “real” JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. This volume spans the first 39 years of JFK’s life — from birth through his decision to run for president — to reveal his early relationships, his formative experiences during World War II, his ideas, his writings, his political aspirations. In examining these pre-White House years, Logevall shows us a more serious, independently minded Kennedy than we’ve previously known, whose distinct international sensibility would prepare him to enter national politics at a critical moment in modern US history. 

    Along the way, Logevall tells the parallel story of America’s midcentury rise. As Kennedy comes of age, we see the charged debate between isolationists and interventionists in the years before Pearl Harbor; the tumult of the Second World War, through which the United States emerged as a global colossus; the outbreak and spread of the Cold War; the domestic politics of anti-Communism and the attendant scourge of McCarthyism; the growth of television’s influence on politics; and more. 

    JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956 is a sweeping history of the United States in the middle decades of the 20th century, as well as the clearest portrait we have of this enigmatic American icon.

    ©2020 Fredrik Logevall (P)2020 Random House Audio

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    “An utterly incandescent study of one of the most consequential figures of the twentieth century....With JFK, Fredrik Logevall has reinvented the genre of presidential biography, casting new light on the man and, far more profoundly, on the times. This is a brisk, authoritative, and candid biography, and a wonderfully compelling history of America’s heady and troubled mid-century rise.” (Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States)

    “Our best historian of the Vietnam War now turns to another subject you thought you already knew, and he makes John F. Kennedy as alive and compelling as if you were reading about him for the first time. Fredrik Logevall portrays the young JFK with the masterful intimacy and sympathy that only a great scholar and writer could achieve.” (George Packer, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America and Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century)

    "Other authors ... have ably chronicled this epic saga, but none has told the tale of the thirty-fifth president’s formative years better or more thoroughly than the Harvard history professor Fredrik Logevall.... From all the carefully marshaled evidence a picture emerges of an uncommonly curious, sometimes frivolous but increasingly earnest young man on his way to shaping an informed, cleareyed, unsentimental sense of the world and his nation’s place in it.” (David M. Kennedy, The New York Tim­­­es Book Review)

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 28/09/2020

    Great book

    Great book, wish the second part was available now! Mark Deakins is one of the best narrator’s in the business.

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    • estrellita Aclan
    • 05/10/2020

    Great read.

    Beautifully narrated & written . I lived the years of the Kennedy & admired his tenacity and brilliance.everyone should read this wonderful book.
    Ester AclanRn, BSN

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    • Daniel
    • 25/09/2020

    Great listen for anyone interested in JFK.

    This book was VERY detailed starting from his birth and before. I recommend this to anyone fascinated with JFK..You’ll definitely learn things I promise you never knew about him and his family.

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    • John David
    • 14/12/2020

    Excellent Portrait of JFK & His Times

    This is an extremely well done biography & masterfully narrated. Have read & studied John F. Kennedy a lot, but still learned a LOT from this book. It is a vivid & lifelike portrait of JFK, but also of his family & the remarkable times in which he lived. I cannot imagine a better portrait of the man as he really was. Smart. Funny. Sloppy. Suave. Sometimes insensitive & manipulative. But beloved, bold & inspiring. The Kennedy family history is fascinating & crisply told. His father Joseph P. Kennedy receives a thorough & balanced treatment. The father's philandering established a pattern for his sons & JFK was prolific & reckless in this regard even as he matured & established himself as a public figure of substance. The recounting of JFK's travels in pre-WWII Europe is outstanding, as is the story of how it influenced him & how he differed from his father & his older brother with regard to isolationism vs. interventionism. The same is true for the chapters on PT-109 & Kennedy's myriad health problems. Logevall also does first-rate work on the Kennedy family's close connections to red-baiting demagogue Joseph McCarthy. All the other significant figures in JFK's young life received their due, including, of course, Jacqueline, Rose, Bobby, sister Kathleen, friends like Lem Billings & aides like Ted Sorenson. Just a really great book that never lags or bogs down. The narration by Mark Deakins is virtually flawless & beautifully fits the text. Highly recommend.

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    • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
    • 07/11/2020

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    A very thorough book on the life of John Fitzgerald kennedy. the narration was very good and clear with much information on this president.

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    • Michael Powers
    • 02/12/2020

    Phenomenal Biography

    In short, Friederik Logevall has produced a phenomenal biography.

    This biographical manuscript is comprehensive yet held my interest from beginning to end. Spanning the years 1917-1956, the arc of this book examines, in great detail, how the Second World War and early Cold War shaped JFK. A significant advantage Friederik Logevall has in approaching a JFK biography, is his previous scholarship on the Vietnam War. Specifically in his book "Embers of War The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam". The present volume concludes at the 1956 DNC, after JFK failed to secure the vice-presidential nomination. Just on the eve of when JFK begins to shape many of the pivotal events of the Cold War himself. For this reason, I am looking forward to Logevall's second volume. (In particular JFK's role in the early stages of the Vietnam War.)

    Mark Deakins has long been one of my favorite narrators and delivers a splendid performance in the present volume. I very much hope he narrates the second volume of this Duology.

    (Mark Deakins narrates two other presidential biographies I highly recommend; Days of Fire by Peter Baker and Traitor to His Class by H.W. Brands)

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    • roger grace
    • 18/11/2021

    Exceptional story...Exceptional reading

    loved it from the first word...i grew up in the 11 th. Massachusetts district...too young to vote for jfk until he ran for president.

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    • Timothy W Taylor
    • 16/11/2021

    Astonishing. As Complete as a Part 1 Bio Can Get

    I am one of the many fans of biography plodding through the biographies of all the presidents and some of their close contemporaries, like Franklin, Hamilton, Napoleon and Churchill. So I have read a lot of bios. I look for completeness and coherence, historical detail and arching themes, good storytelling, psychological insight and a fresh telling of often familiar stories. This newish biography of JFK - Part 1- is as good as it gets and takes a solid place in my Top Five favorite presidential biographies. The stellar audio production clinched it. I haven’t looked forward to a sequel this much since reading Edmund Morris’ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.

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    • Robert
    • 17/09/2021

    Outstanding research and new opportunities to learn about John Kennedy

    This well researched and well told story about an often written about subject brings new facts and stories. I am anxious to read the second part of Mr Legevall’s work. Good narration that added to the written text.

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    • Timothy
    • 10/08/2021

    5 Stars

    I’ve read several JFK bios, this one ranks right up there even as a single volume covering his pre-Presidential life. I can’t wait for the 2nd volume to come out. When it does this will be the definitive JFK biography.