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To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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“In this careful study, Sachs zeroes in on four key speeches Kennedy delivered in the months prior to his assassination. . . . JFK, together with gifted speechwriter Ted Sorensen—his ‘intellectual alter ego’—set out a strategy for nations to live in ‘mutual tolerance,’ with ramifications that extend into the twenty-first century. . . . While sound bites of the Kennedy-Sorensen collaboration echo in modern classrooms—‘Ask not what your country can do for you’—the messages in these four speeches seem all too pertinent today.”—Publishers Weekly
“After years trying to work out how underperforming economies can reach their full potential, [Jeffrey D. Sachs] has taken time out to offer an act of homage to his childhood hero—John F. Kennedy. And he has singled out one of JFK’s speeches for particular praise. . . . The true masterpiece, he believes, was a speech delivered to the American University in Washington DC in June 1963 and generally referred to as the Peace Speech. Sachs has come up with an argument making the case that the Peace Speech deserves wider recognition. . . . Why then does Sachs see the Peace Speech as so important? As he convincingly argues, it is all about context. Before the speech, he says, both sides had unrelentingly used Cold War rhetoric. In the last year of his life, emboldened by his success in defusing the Cuban missile crisis, JFK handled issues of international security with a new confidence and in a new way. . . . Sachs makes his case.”—The Spectator
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In promoting this vision Kennedy demonstrated both wisdom beyond his young years and courage. Most of Sachs's book is a detailed and thoughtful analysis of his most important speeches, prefaced by other relevant speeches by leaders like Eisenhower and Churchill. These speeches were inspired by close calls like the Cuban Missile Crisis which convinced Kennedy of the futility of nuclear war. The book describes how JFK carefully studied his predecessors' words - including Eisenhower's iconic speech warning of the dangers of defense spending and the military-industrial complex - and built upon them to erect his own lasting tribute to peace between nations. One thing that Sachs describes well is JFK's courage in standing up to the hardliners in the military and the Senate; this was the height of the Cold War, after all, and it took a lot of political will and just plain old guts to loudly proclaim a desire for peace with the Soviet Union. Yet, in speech after speech, JFK persevered with his vision of a safe world using words that combined pragmatism with idealism.Read more ›
The world was lucky in other words. If the two statesmen haden't persevered we might not be here today. The not so much spoken about fact that NATO withdrew middle range nuclear missiles from Turkey as a precondition to the settlement is brought out and makes the chain of events easier to understand. The crucial teamwork with Ted Sorensen is interesting and the importance of which was a cause of some jealosy on the part of the Republican presidential candidate, Richard Nixon.
The annexed speeches are well worth reading carefully.
All in all the book is highly relevant, interesting and also as far as far as I can assess linguistically elegant and precise.
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A Brilliant review of what the JFK presidency was all about. He as a peace president. This book offers the documentary to prove it!!Published 8 months ago by Terrence Paupp
By far, the best book about JFK I've ever read. If you want to know what was accomplished during his days as President, how perfectly he fit the role as President, the love he had... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Theresa Johnson
President Kennedy went into himself and found the insight of the brooding of destruction that was brewing in the hearts of warriors that love the battle. Read morePublished 23 months ago by nick crill
great read - great insight - very relevant for today. Peace lovers need to read it. War mongers will always want to shoot first and never learn later.Published on January 3, 2014 by Harriet L Zunno
"To Move The World" is a well written book that demonstrates just what we all lost on November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was killed. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Vince Palamara
In this book well-known economist and public intellectual Jeffrey Sachs moves from the world of economic development and environmental concerns to an examination of how John F. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Stephen N. Greenleaf