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ALL HIS BRIGHT LIGHT GONE: The Death of John F. Kennedy and the Decline of America Paperback – June 1, 2016
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This excellent and crucial book gives us a deep understanding of JFK the man, and JFK the politician and president. It has given me a much more profound appreciation of his accomplishments in the short time of his presidency and made me realize how much our nation lost when he was killed. The author makes it quite clear that we are still paying a very dear price for the loss of this very courageous man.
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Kennedy's philosophy on life and leadership, as with all of us, was a result of his childhood, his family influences and his life experiences. McKenna delves into his childhood, his relationships with his siblings and his parents, his education, his participation in World War II, his writings and brief career as a journalist, his extensive travels, as well as his accomplishments in the house and the senate. He also discusses his womanizing and his medical problems that had a significant impact on his understanding of his own mortality and the fragility and resilience of life. All of this is cohesively presented to enlighten the reader about Kennedy's ambitions, personality and perspective on government and its relationship with the governed.
After he set the foundation, he discussed Kennedy's election and his style of leadership that not only inspired many of his generation, but is still inspiring the youth of our time. Unfortunately the lessons so painfully learned by Kennedy that contributed to the growth of this remarkable man was lost on those that succeeded him. Thus, his tragic death in Dallas has left a void in our national spirit that still remains, as the eternal flame flickers in the wind at his grave site in Arlington so vividly reminds us. The last segment is devoted to what his successors have done to the presidency, our national character and spirit that has lead to our decline. All that Kennedy stood for and tried to achieve with everything he possessed within his mind and spirit has been swept away as our leaders pander to special interests and our government is sold to the highest bidder. We resemble an oligarchy more than a democratic republic that Kennedy so passionately admired.
Thank you for writing this book. I love it.
We are blessed to be able to watch President Kennedy, and his brilliance on Youtube. When we compare his depth and knowledge of subjects presented to him by reporters he was never caught without an answer.He realized that for America, to prosper in decades to come we needed a well educated and informed citizen's that were involved in the governing of this great nation.
This book is in my opinion a must read !