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JFK: Day by Day: A Chronicle of the 1,036 Days of John F. Kennedy's Presidency Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 50th anniversary ed edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762437421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762437429
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Library Journal,10/1/10
Golway (Full of Grace) offers an objective, highly informative portrait of Kennedy's political career and family life. Entries are organized chronologically and written like news releases, opening with the geographic origin of each event. Sidebar time lines tick off important daily events on each double-page spread's right-hand edge. Relevant photographs offer another layer of valuable information. Occasionally, half pages are devoted to more detailed subject explanations, like the significance of Charles de Gaulle's growing influence. The organization allows readers to follow the trajectory of Kennedy's actions. The prose is straightforward and engaging. An excellent and revealing subject overview for students and general readers.

About the Author

Terry Golway is the director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University in Union, NJ. A former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, and former City Editor of the New York Observer, he has authored several history books, including Let Every Nation Know, an academic study of John F. Kennedy’s speeches. Golway has also appeared in documentaries on PBS and the History Channel among others. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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Customer Reviews

Great gift, interesting read, wonderful pictures.
skiingsue
The bulk of the book is written in the format of a bunch newspaper clippings as if they were written on the day in question.
Andrew Collins
The book has some very nice photographs to go along with commentary.
JRW

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In honor of the Kennedy 50th anniversary comes, "JFK: Day by Day" by Terry Golway and Les Krantz (Running Press). In it, the authors reassemble the 1036 day Kennedy presidency on a day-by-day basis, highlighting important events throughout the Kennedy era. All the obvious dates are covered - the Berlin speech, the Bay of Pigs, negotiations with the Soviet Union, the early forays into Vietnam - but additionally, every significant event - the passage (or denial) of important bills, speeches on human rights, state visits and even holiday celebrations - are detailed in news-like stories, with supplemental photos and calendar-like summaries. In addition to the daily recaps, there are sections profiling Kennedy's relationships with those around him from LBJ to Martin Luther King. This book serves as an easy to digest history useful to generations for many years to come.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Collins on November 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The bulk of the book is written in the format of a bunch newspaper clippings as if they were written on the day in question. For example, a day might say something like "Kennedy Gives Speech to UN" followed by a short article describing the event. The book, for the most part, is presented chronologically. Also included is a timeline on the right hand of every page that includes a significant event for every day Kennedy was president, even if it was a notable event that Kennedy was not involved in. Finally, there are a series of "in-depth" articles written from today's perspective usually a few paragraphs long. Things included in that might be Kennedy's relationship with Lyndon Johnson or a summary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

All of the important events of Kennedy's presidency is included. From his inaugural address, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the creation of the Peace Corps, his Ich bin ein Berliner speech, among many others.

The book is an attempt to look at Kennedy objectively. While the bulk of the book is usually written in a positive fashion, the sidebars mention his infidelity or other flaws. Overall, I think it does the task decently.

Also included in the book are many photographs, many of them in full color.

As far as I can tell, there are not a lot of mistakes in the book. Sometimes a date does not seem correct. For example, Alan Shepard's spaceflight is mentioned as happening on May 4 when in actuality it happened on May 5. Small errors like this do not really detract from the overall quality of the book, though.

I enjoyed reading this book. I was born way after the Kennedy presidency, but it was very interesting looking at it day by day. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the U.S. Presidency, Kennedy (or Kennedys) in general, or even anyone who was alive back then.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Remarkably, the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy's 1960 election got little airtime this fall. It was probably drowned out by the hubbub over the midterms and was covered over by lack of interest of anyone under 45. This volume commemorates JFK in a way that should be appealing to those who lived through his 1000 days as well as to those who only heard about them in history class - by chronicling his presidency day by day.

Now JFK didn't do something noteworthy on every day of his presidency, so some days are left out. What remains is a remarkable voyage through the years in which America's idealism was kindled and America's foes faced squarely. Watching JFK stumble in his first months in office, especially after the debacle of the Bay of Pigs, makes it rather apparent that Soviet leaders saw him as a lightweight. October 1962's Cuban Missile Crisis was not, then, terribly surprising given that context. The book is full of these kinds of discoveries, as well as gossip (Jackie was too tired to attend all the Inaugural Balls) and plenty of photos.

Don't expect deep analysis from 100 days. Much of its entries are breezy and brief. And don't make the mistake a mere mention by Kennedy in a speech that such-and-such was a great concern meant that anything was ever done about it. But many difficult topics are at least touched upon. But it was amazing how many of JFK's lasting achievements - like the Peace Corps - were made very early on. On the dodgy side, JFK's multiple adulteries get their blurb, as do the lingering conspiracy theories about his death. His legacy is properly muted - especially in regards to Civil Rights and Vietnam - and shows a man tentatively committed to certain social goals rather than one who actively worked toward them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JRW on April 4, 2011
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This is an excellent source for students & people interested in JFK's Presidency. The "Day by Day" concept allows the reader to research important news events over JFK's 1039 days in office easily. The book has some very nice photographs to go along with commentary. I was pleased to find this book on Amazon at a great price with minimal shipping charges.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skiingsue on December 31, 2010
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Not just another picture book honoring JFK, but an interesting chronicle of his presidency along with information about events and people surrounding him. Great gift, interesting read, wonderful pictures.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. Kiln on October 22, 2010
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Entertaining just to see all the pictures of those days that were exciting for the U.S.A. and Europe. Excellent work.A.T.Kiln
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