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John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was president of the United States from 1961 to 1963. At forty-three, he was the youngest man ever elected to the Oval Office and the first Roman Catholic president.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061447544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061447549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua B. on August 7, 2012
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Wow. Wow. WOW. This book. I bought this book because I've always been fairly interested in the topic of immigration, and finding myself with not that much to do on this last fourth of July, I decided to sit down and finally give the book a look. I read it cover-to-cover in 2 hours. I was blown away. I wanted to cry and scream. Forget ideologies and politics, looking at history alone, JFK outlines how clumsily, hypocritically and outright poorly, we, as a nation, have dealt with immigration.

I'm not a political person & I earnestly try to avoid politics, but the contents of this book are so compelling, I honestly think it is one of the most important books that every American needs to read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Maxima on February 10, 2012
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The book goes through a history of US immigration and shows how truly we are a nation of immigrants. It is a short book but very detailed, giving the numbers of millions of Irish, Italians, and others who made America what it is, including the immigration patterns of "the Founding Fathers." None, except the slaves, came with any documentation--and of course that was forced migration and human trafficking. The book makes the indisputable point is that our nation is from people mostly from other places and that immigration policy has only been restrictive in a discriminatory manner. President Kennedy also writes eloquently about the very American principles of equal opportunity that our country was founded upon (despite having mistakenly departed from those principles and needing to expand the franchise). This book is a great read and clearly demonstrates that if we are to be true to our values, there is no reason to discriminate against current immigrants.
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on October 1, 2005
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From the back cover:

"John F. Kennedy's classic essay on the immigrant experience in America -- reissued to coincide with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

"A lifelong concern of President Kennedy's was immigration reform....This landmark essay, written while he was President, discusses the ideas ultimately put into practice with the Immigration Bill of 1965, for which President Johnson gave him full credit.

In his new preface, John P. Roche, Kennedy's colleague and longtime friend, gives a charming and clear-eyed picture of the man and his career. And he puts _A Nation of Immigrants_ into perspective with a look at the current state of immigration laws...."
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By dan outlaw on January 14, 2014
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A Nation of Immigrants is a classsic by Kennedy. It outlines how our country was built by various ethnic immigrant groups. The book should be a must read for our Congressional leaders who are considering immigration reform. They could learn a great deal from this modern day classic.
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By Deannaprn on June 29, 2014
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An as-promised condition copy, I am glad to add it to my collection. A part of our American history, significant in my memory as the first president whose campaign and election I followed
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Nice look back on history. I'm glad that I got it. It was an easy read. JFK would have accomplished so much had he been alive.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on April 11, 2010
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I learned alot about how America was developed and who came here first and what we adapted from them ini which we still use today. Stuff I never learned in History classes at scool which kinda suprised me. Very educational and as well informable on How President Kennedy looked on the issue. A great book to add to a collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sistamoma on September 27, 2012
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This is another required reading for me to complete my graduate degree in organizational leadership. It was extremely thought provoking and insightful. President Kennedy wrote in a captivating style and maintained your interest. I high recommend it for understanding cultural diversity in the workplace.
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