- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First edition (November 17, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195033418
- ISBN-13: 978-0195033410
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JFK: Ordeal in Africa First Edition
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Yet if the book focuses primarily on relations between the African continent and the United States, it is also worthwhile to note that it stands as one of the earliest and perhaps best overviews of Kennedy's general understanding of decolonization. Following Kennedy's interest in the topic from his days as the junior senator from Massachusetts, through the campaign, and into the White House, Mahoney demonstrates that Kennedy used the matter to bolster his liberal credentials while simultaneously grasping the strategic value of early support for the new nations of the developing world.Read more ›
This book also indirectly sheds light on the assassination as well. It helps answer the question "who hated JFK enough to want him dead?". Although it is only a part of the overall motivation for his death, Mahoney conclusively shows how JFK was in a struggle against some of the same powerful forces in Africa that he was at home. This is largely a forgotten (or never taught) history that is just as relevant today as back then.