By Thurston Clarke
A Kirkus Best e-book of 2013
A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK’s final hundred days that asks what may have been
Fifty years after his dying, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. famous writer and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the guts of that legend is what could have been. As we process the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, JFK’s final Hundred Days reexamines the final months of the president’s existence to teach a guy in the course of nice switch, ultimately at the cusp of constructing solid on his striking promise.
Kennedy’s final hundred days begun simply after the demise of two-day-old Patrick Kennedy, and through this time, the president made strides within the chilly warfare, civil rights, Vietnam, and his own lifestyles. whereas Jackie used to be improving, the untimely child and his father have been flown to Boston for Patrick’s therapy. Kennedy was once maintaining his son’s hand whilst Patrick died on August nine, 1963. The lack of his son confident Kennedy to paintings more durable as a husband and father, and there's plentiful proof that he suspended his infamous philandering in the course of those final months of his life.
Also in those months Kennedy ultimately got here to view civil rights as an ethical in addition to a political factor, and after the March on Washington, he favored the facility of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., for the 1st time.
Though he's frequently depicted as a religious chilly warrior, Kennedy driven via his proudest legislative success during this interval, the restricted attempt Ban Treaty. This good fortune, mixed along with his warming family with Nikita Khrushchev within the wake of the Cuban missile challenge, ended in a détente that British international secretary Sir Alec Douglas- domestic hailed because the “beginning of the top of the chilly War.”
Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged calls for from his advisers and the Pentagon to increase America’s involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy all started a reappraisal within the final hundred days that will have resulted in the withdrawal of all 16 thousand U.S. military
advisers by means of 1965.
JFK’s final Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves jointly Kennedy’s private and non-private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has persevered goodbye, and solves the main tantalizing Kennedy secret of all—not who killed him yet who he used to be whilst he was once killed, and the place he might have led us.