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Journals: 1952-2000 Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008
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This is about cafe society. The author was at the center of it for so many years. Much of what he tells us, he heard at private dinner tables and parties. So the stories are not well-known if known at all. That's one thing that makes this book so special and such a good read. Where else could you get this sort of information?
About the Kennedy administration the author pens, "I cannot banish from my mind the picture of these brave men, pathetically underequipped, dying on Cuban beaches before Soviet tanks" and "J.F.K. was in superb form at lunch."
This Washington insider gives us a look at the people in power that's not been generally known. It's fun and yet it's a bit scary when we discover how utterly ill prepared some of them were (and perhaps are) to deal with the major affairs of governing.
Nonetheless, this is a good book and I recommend it to you.
Schlesinger was a man of many talents: He was a great historian, a leading spokesman of liberalism, and he was the in-house intellectual of the Kennedy White House, the role for which he is most well-known. Kennedy was his contemporary and his hero, for he embodied the kind of liberalism that Schlesinger believed in deeply. Contrary to what many believed, Kennedy was very astute politically. Kennedy was quick to grasp political complexities and was able to skillfully turn them to his advantage. Schlesinger's tour of duty at the White House was undoubtedly the defining moment of his career. Although he was already an accomplished historian with important books on Jackson and Roosevelt, he was for the first time actually living and making history. This "proximity to power" remains a constant theme in these journals.
After Kennedy's assassination, Schlesinger stayed for a short time with the Johnson administration. This relationship did not last long since Johnson's temperment and style were antithetical to Schlesinger's.Read more ›
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Fascinating insight into a bygone era. Schlesinger never misses a key and writes wonderfully. He is particuarly accurate in his scathing criticism of some conservatism's pundits... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martin E. Church
A great collection of political and cultural anecdotes.
Sadly, they don't make them like Arthur S anymore...
This is a fascinating look at the world through the eyes of a major participant in the history of his times.Published on June 18, 2014 by Sam A
Schlesinger was a confirmed believer in the "great man" model of history - the concept that individuals control the course of human history rather than supra-individual "forces". Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Book Reader
As so many others have said, this is a brilliant and highly readable book, a real page-turner. Yes it is, especially for those of us of a certain age who remember the events and... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by JJC
This is an excellent buy and I highly recommend it. One thing I learned from this book is how often CFR member Arthur Schlesinger had lunch with CFR member Henry Kissinger:... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Robert P. Morrow
THE JOURNAL: 1952-2000 by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is a nuanced compliment to the Jackie Kennedy Memoir released in 2011. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Boomer~O~City
You read a book like this for the same reason you read "The Star" in the supermarket checkout line. Who doesn't enjoy a fleeting glimpse into the lives of the rich and powerful? Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Labamigo
I was born in late 1937; so, I was about 14 in the era that this book begins. I loved getting "an inside scoop" on the personalities, beliefs, issues, problems, solutions.... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer