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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939529360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939529367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Scott Reich’s book delivers a message of service and citizenship that is as essential today as it was when President Kennedy first asked what we could do for our country. At a time when it can be easy to focus on the differences that divide us, Scott makes a powerful and compelling case for the values that unite us.”
–Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)

"Scott Reich's The Power of Citizenship is the best and most interesting book written on the Kennedy Presidency in decades. But above all, The Power of Citizenship is one of the most moving books I have ever read on patriotism and citizenship, and the power of leadership to inspire both. This book will be read as a primer and a classic on the subjects it covers for many years to come."
–David Eisenhower, bestselling author of Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945

“Scott Reich has produced a timely look back at the meaning of the Kennedy Presidency and, even more importantly, the meaning of citizenship in our democracy. The Power of Citizenship is a challenge to all Americans.”
—Richard Reeves, bestselling author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power

"Scott Reich offers unique and compelling insights into JFK's focus on public service. Collectively, we must embrace President Kennedy's message of good citizenship and work together to strengthen our country—especially for the next generation."
—Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD)

“Scott Reich has thoughtfully conveyed President Kennedy’s inspiring and enduring legacy of commitment to our nation.”
—Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME)

“Reich’s book should move the next generation of American leaders to heed President Kennedy’s noble call to unite and achieve freedom for all.”
—Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

The Power of Citizenship is an antidote to the pervasive cynicism and rancor that marks much of today's politics.”
—Albert R. Hunt, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Committee

“Many of us of the Kennedy erahave struggled with how to explain to our children why the years 1961-1963 meant so much to us. Fortunately, Scott Reich has found a way to explain the inexplicable. I'm buying a copy for each of my daughters.”
—David Shribman, Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pulitzer Prize winner

The Power of Citizenship helps illuminate the legacy of President Kennedy and his Administration. This book is an important contribution to a timely discussion of the meaning and importance of the Kennedy years.”
—Kenneth R. Feinberg, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors

“Any American interested in civic responsibility and the qualities of true leadership can find powerful insights in JFK’s wisdom. These insights are aptly portrayed in Scott Reich’s The Power of Citizenship, a must-read for anyone interested in the importance of duty and citizenship in these turbulent times.”
—Christopher Kennedy Lawford, bestselling author of Recover to Live

"Reich's talent for capturing lessons from the past is matched here by his clarity of vision on how we can use those lessons to move our nation forward. ”
—Governor Jack A. Markell (D-DE)

“Mr. Reich has done a service to a new generation of Americans to whom the torch of freedom—of which JFK so eloquently spoke—is now being passed. ”
—Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY)

“At a time when Americans have less faith in Washington to solve big problems, Scott Reich's book is a heartening reminder of President Kennedy's ability to inspire Americans to achieve great goals, ‘Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’”
—Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

"A The future of our nation has been passed to the millennial generation, and this book was written for them: it inspires, informs, and calls for the new action we need."
—Antonia Hernández, President & CEO, California Community Foundation

“A fresh look at JFK from a fresh voice of the new generation to which the torch is now being passed. Scott Reich has provided a fascinating and thoughtful perspective to those of us who were participants in the search for a New Frontier.”
—Dan H. Fenn, Jr., Staff Assistant, President Kennedy, l961-1963, Founding Director, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

"Reich calls on us to carry forward President Kennedy's legacy and overcome the challenges of our own time by meeting the responsibilities of citizenship."
—Adam Frankel, Former speechwriter to President Barack Obama

“Upon reading The Power of Citizenship, one comes to appreciate Kennedy’s profound impact on our American civil society. ”
—Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, President, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, NY

“Scott Reich provides the hope we need to overcome our current political impasse. In this eloquent and inspiring book, he identifies a core of idealism that ennobles politics and speaks to a new civic-minded generation.”
—Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

"Reich’s extraordinarily well-researched and well-written work should be of interest both to young Americans today and those who seek their support."
—Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D., author of The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn't: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game

About the Author

Scott D. Reich is a practicing attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and has done pro bono work for the Brooklyn Family Court and the New York Legal Assistance Group. In 2010, he was appointed by former New York Governor David Paterson to serve on the College Council of SUNY College at Old Westbury. He serves on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, which serves 1.5 million people; the Board of Directors of the School for Language and Communication Development, an organization providing educational services to children on the autism spectrum; and the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Reich has appeared as a guest political commentator on "Gotham Radio," a talk show focused on politics and current events. He earned a B.A. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.

More About the Author

SCOTT D. REICH is the author of the acclaimed book, "The Power of Citizenship: Why JFK Matters to a New Generation." A practicing attorney in New York, Reich serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and in 2010, he was appointed by the governor of New York to serve on the College Council of SUNY-Old Westbury. Reich is a renowned public speaker on a variety of topics, including citizenship, public service, leadership, philanthropy, civic engagement, and American history. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Bloomberg, WPIX, Larry King Now, and several national and local radio shows. He has also written for the Huffington Post. Reich earned a B.A. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.

Reich is an avid New York sports fan, a passionate student of history, a Seinfeld re-run devotee, and a former game show winner on the television show Chain Reaction. Read more at http://scottdreich.com and "like" him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottdreich.

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It was extremely well written and was a very quick read.
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Numerous books have been written about John F. Kennedy in reference to his life, views, Presidency, assassination, death and legacy.
Sue
It was very inspirational and made a lasting impression on me.
Mitch Paioff

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Glass on October 15, 2013
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This is an excellent read from start to finish. The author brilliantly captures the essence of JFK, his legacy, and the impact he had on the country. He explores why JFK’s call to his fellow citizens to get involved and provide service to others and to the country was crucial to the United States during the early 1960s and why that call matters more than ever today. This book provides great insight and offers interesting anecdotes into the significant events of JFK’s life before becoming President as well as the major issues he dealt with while in office. What distinguishes this book from other works written about JFK is that it is not just a historical recap of JFK’s life and his presidency, but also makes a compelling argument for why JFK’s ideas and vision on citizenship should resonate with the country today and how it would make a real difference. This book is a call to action for today’s generation by referencing the ideology of one of this nation’s greatest leaders. I have read many books both on this subject and the historical genre and this one truly stands out for me, both for its content as well as the context.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Sklar on October 27, 2013
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This is the first book I read about JFK and I loved it! It relates to me and how JFK impacts the "now" generation. I definitely recommend this book to any millennial interested in learning about JFK and how they can improve their community. Truly an emotional and inspiring read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Paioff on November 9, 2013
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I recently had the pleasure of reading Scott Reich's new book "The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation". It is an excellent essay on JFK's ideals of devotion to country and patriotism. I am old enough to remember Kennedy's acceptance speech on TV from the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles (I was born in L.A.). It was very inspirational and made a lasting impression on me. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on November 3, 2013
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Numerous books have been written about John F. Kennedy in reference to his life, views, Presidency, assassination, death and legacy. Scott D. Reich's The Power of Citizenship is the first book that I have read that actually provides our generation with a call to action.

President Kennedy's message "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country" is familiar to everyone. However, 50 years after the death of JFK, what are we actually doing for our country? Is the challenge to our citizens still viable?

Reich's book brilliantly captures the essence and importance of John F. Kennedy's message, while providing a roadmap to becoming good citizens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brumhow on October 29, 2013
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From the second I picked up the book, I did not put it down. It was extremely well written and was a very quick read. Although it is the 50th anniversay of JFK's assassination, this book was not about the various conspiracy theories around it, or the events that took back afterwards, but more a reflection of what we all can do to make our community and country a better place, beliefs that were high on JFK's agenda. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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