JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President

JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President Thurston Clarke
  • Title: JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President
  • Author: Thurston Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781611761719
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Audio CD
  • JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President Thurston Clarke JFK s Last Hundred Days The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President A revelatory minute by minute account of JFK s last hundred days that asks what might have beenFifty years after his death President John F Kennedy s legend endures Noted author and historian Thurst
    A revelatory, minute by minute account of JFK s last hundred days that asks what might have beenFifty years after his death, President John F Kennedy s legend endures Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy s assassination, JFK s Last Hundred Days reexamines the lasA revelatory, minute by minute account of JFK s last hundred days that asks what might have beenFifty years after his death, President John F Kennedy s legend endures Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy s assassination, JFK s Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president s life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise.Kennedy s last hundred days began just after the death of two day old Patrick Kennedy, and during this time, the president made strides in the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, and his personal life While Jackie was recuperating, the premature infant and his father were flown to Boston for Patrick s treatment Kennedy was holding his son s hand when Patrick died on August 9, 1963 The loss of his son convinced Kennedy to work harder as a husband and father, and there is ample evidence that he suspended his notorious philandering during these last months of his life.Also in these months Kennedy finally came to view civil rights as a moral as well as a political issue, and after the March on Washington, he appreciated the power of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr for the first time.Though he is often depicted as a devout cold warrior, Kennedy pushed through his proudest legislative achievement in this period, the Limited Test Ban Treaty This success, combined with his warming relations with Nikita Khrushchev in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, led to a d tente that British foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas Home hailed as the beginning of the end of the Cold War Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged demands from his advisers and the Pentagon to escalate America s involvement in Vietnam Kennedy began a reappraisal in the last hundred days that would have led to the withdrawal of all sixteen thousand U.S militaryadvisers by 1965.JFK s Last Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of all not killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.
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    About Thurston Clarke


    1. Thurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books His Pearl Harbor Ghosts was the basis for a CBS documentary, and his bestselling Lost Hero , a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award winning NBC miniseries Clarke s articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, he lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York.


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    1. Last month, I went to see the author speak about this book at one of the few remaining reputable bookstores in my adopted city He gave a very compelling presentation, bringing out some things about President Kennedy and his administration that I had not known about In fact, I was so impressed by the author that I bought the book shortly thereafter.The book starts off by looking back at December 31, 1962 President Kennedy was vacationing in Florida, where Elaine de Kooning estranged wife of the f [...]

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    2. What a sad book Not sad in any conventional way that comes from the tragedy of Kennedy s assassination Thankfully Clarke does not dwell on the killing of the president dozens of other books have already exhausted that ground The sadness evoked by this book is the realization of how much different and possibly better the world might have been had Kennedy s motorcade made a left turn instead of a right at that crucial intersection in Dallas Obviously it s impossible to know what would have transpi [...]

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    3. bestpresidentialbios 2017Thurston Clarke s JFK s Last Hundred Days The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President was published in 2013, four months before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy s death Clarke is a journalist and the author of about a dozen books, including two on JFK and one covering Robert Kennedy s 1968 presidential campaign.The book s sub title suggests an intent to demonstrate that JFK was on the verge of presidential greatness when he was assassinated Surprisi [...]

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    4. Review of JFK S Last Hundred Days The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President, by Thurston Clarkeby Stan Prager 11 22 17 I was only six years old, but I can recall it with great clarity the principal visited our classroom the President had been shot My mother was crying when she picked me up from school my teacher was crying everyone was crying I was too young to remember Eisenhower John F Kennedy was the only President I had known He was THE President It was hard to wrap [...]

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    5. Book eleven in my Presidential Reading Challenge This is the Chowda edition JFK.I ve always been in awe of JFK without ever really knowing why He always seemed so youthful and handsome When a person like this dies young, their image is frozen in time they never have to go through the disgrace of the natural aging process.What I wanted to know from this book is what did he accomplish and what would have been different if he hadn t been assassinated.He was not President for a very long time, less [...]

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    6. This is the second of Thurston Clarke s books that I have read, the other being Ask Not, the story of JFK s Inaugural Address, which I read about 2 1 2 years ago The author is unabashed in his admiration for the nation s 35th President, and in some places Hundred Days comes close to being hagiography Nevertheless, I found it to be a quick and absorbing read, and perhaps the best JFK book I have read in recent years I only give five star ratings to books I know I will want to read again someday, [...]

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    7. Has Thurston Clarke taken too narrow a time frame to produce an intimate portrait of JFK For a presidency that only lasted just over a thousand days, I m not convinced that this writers broad brush strokes captures the image or the history, nor do I fully understand the premise of focusing upon the last hundred days.Having said that, I quite enjoyed reading this book as I have long been intrigued by the subject and the politics of the 1960 s, but this does not compare with the work of Dallek, Sc [...]

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    8. I learned so much about the Kennedy administration even though I lived through it, albeit as a young child.What did I learn JFK favored the ban on nuclear testy over the civil rights bill As he said, domestic policy can only defeat us foreign policy can kill us.Lessons learned from Bay of Pigs not to accept unanimous recommendation of civilian and military advisers without rigorous interrogation Cuban missile crisis value of gathering a select group of advisers in a room and listening as they de [...]

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    9. Because Americans felt they knew him almost as well as someone sitting across the breakfast table, they wanted than a distant grave Once their tears had dried, or before, they began naming roads and bridges, tunnels, highways, and buildings for him, creating a grief stricken empire of asphalt, mortar, brick, and bronze so extensive that if you extinguished every light on earth except those illuminating something named for him, astronauts launched from the Kennedy Space Center would have seen a [...]

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    10. A very detailed, day by day chronicle of President Kennedy s last 100 days in office, in which he suffered through the death of his infant son Patrick, born prematurely the passing of the Test Ban Treaty, the crisis in Vietnam over the deteriorating Diem regime and the March on Washington for civil rights What comes through very strongly here is Kennedy s deep skepticism over the war in Vietnam and his desire for peace with the Soviets he even set into motion back channel discussions with Castro [...]

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    11. For a book that tells JFK s story in a refreshing new way, it s hard to beat Thurston Clarke s JFK s Last Hundred Days The device a countdown to the President s assassination is used by Clarke to bring in the history of Kennedy s life, career and administration John F Kennedy, the man, really feels fully realized here I ve read many Kennedy books and knew most of what s in here, but the organizational structure to the book makes it fresh I also thought the audiobook was top notch narration.

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    12. Fantastic book that minutely details JFK s final 100 days I really do believe the world would have been a better place if not for the assassination and this book shows what he was working on towards ending the Cold War, pulling out of Vietnam and improving civil rights What a blessing we had him as president, but what a loss his untimely death caused Read this book.

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    13. I m currently reading this balanced and well written account of JFK s last days, starting with the tragic death of his infant son and punctuated by his desire for a nuclear test ban treaty.

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    14. 4.6 I was very impressed with Thurston Clarke s effort here, not only detailing the basic schedule of the final 100 days of this remarkable President s life, but also disclosing revealing personal anecdotes of those around him and the monumental changes that were happening politically because of his administration s decisions before during the last few months He pushed, promoted, and implemented a lot of incredibly important bills and policies during less than a third of one year And reading at [...]

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    15. There must be a million books written about John F Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, the admiring ones paint him as a gifted leader whose triumphant life story ended in an unspeakable tragedy just as he was about to make his mark on history That is how Thurston Clarke sees it in this book that gives the reader a day by day account of the last three months of Kennedy s time in the White House So many books have covered this ground and advanced this same theme in the last five deca [...]

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    16. an incalculable loss of the future Ted Sorensen With the 50th anniversary coming up of John F Kennedy s assassination, a plethora of books will no doubt be appearing over the next few months, tackling his history from a variety of angles In this one, Thurston Clarke, journalist and historian, looks in detail at the last 100 days of JFK s life, using this period as a jumping off point to examine both the politics and personality of the man I found the format of the book quite off putting at first [...]

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    17. Author Thurston Clarke could ve titled this presidential biography Countdown to Dallas In this behind the scenes portrait of our 35th American president, Clarke focuses our attention primarily on John Fitzgerald Kennedy s life and times that led up to JFK s murder in Texas than a half century ago This is not Clarke s first literary look at Kennedy Previously, Clarke published Ask Not, a treatise on JFK s inaugural address Clark makes no secret of the fact he s a huge fan of the iconic POTUS The [...]

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    18. JFK s Last Hundred Days tracks Kennedy s diary commitments for the last three months in the the run up to the tragic events of 22nd November, and in so doing it provides a snap shot into what it is to life the life a US President On one level the picture given is one familiar to any executive or leader a man moving from meeting to meeting, giving speeches and making decisions on half a dozen key projects It just happened that the key projects on which JFK was having to make decisions were some o [...]

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    19. JFK s Last Hundred Days tracks Kennedy s diary commitments for the last three months in the the run up to the tragic events of 22nd November, and in so doing it provides a snap shot into what it is to life the life a US President On one level the picture given is one familiar to any executive or leader a man moving from meeting to meeting, giving speeches and making decisions on half a dozen key projects It just happened that the key projects on which JFK was having to make decisions were some o [...]

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    20. A lot happens in the last hundred days of a presidency and much of it is interesting Mr Clarke presents a comprehensive overview of the major and minor events of the Last Hundred days, and while it may not have had the same impact on following years at FDR s first hundred it continues to haunt us with its memory and effects Clarke suggests that the President would have dramatically altered events by opening doors of communications to the USSR and Cuba, and would have wound down involvement in Vi [...]

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    21. Well, I thought this was excellent.The Kennedys are one of my favourite historical subjects, particularly Jack and Bobby and I could read books about them constantly, they were such fascinating characters.I did not realise how much JFK transformed during the last 100 days of his life, he seemed to really find himself both in his political and private lives For instance politically he moved from the man who ordered the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion to someone who was participating in secret neg [...]

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    22. Even though you know how the story ends, the assassination of President John F Kennedy is still jarring and gut wrenching You read Thurston s Clarke account of the JFK s last 100 days with a growing sense of foreboding and wonder about what might have been I ll admit to crying through the last 20 pages, for me and so many in my generation the killing of the President in Dallas was the first of our Where were you when moments I was in the second grade at St Wenceslas when the principal announced [...]

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    23. An absorbing account of the poignant denouement of JFK s presidency, this provides all the clinical detail of daily activities and political tensions at a time when America felt under attack on a number of foreign fronts and was ripping itself apart through shameful civil rights legacies and unjust wealth distribution through a glory age for the WASP core However the book combines this with a stark, balanced and sentient picture of the man s struggles with his own weaknesses his mourning post th [...]

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    24. This book is understandably going to get caught up in the onslaught of Kennedy literature that is preparing to pour forth with the upcoming anniversary I am in the process of finishing up this book A couple things It is remarkably well researched and the bibliography is of great use to Kennedy scholars Also, the footnotes are full of incredibly relevant, and often new information Resist the temptation to skip over them That being said, I agree with other reviews that this is a rehash of a lot of [...]

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    25. I read this in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in Dallas.This book started in August with the death of his son, Patrick and the rekindling of the flame of passion between Jackie and JFK and ended in Dallas.The book covered the main obsessions of his presidency at this point in time, namely, Viet Nam his eagerness to get out , the Diem problem, Cuba and Castro, Russia, Lyndon and the Bobby Baker affair, the test ban treaty Russia , Civil Rights the South and the space ra [...]

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    26. Clarke s motivation in writing this book was to show what kind of president JFK would have been if he had lived The book is persuasive and ultimately moving Clarke is determined to show that JFK would have pulled back from Vietnam On the bulk of evidence he s likely right And yet one of Kennedy s strengths was his ability to change his mind He pushed the space program, cooled on it and then suggested a joint moon mission with the Soviets He clearly changed his mind on Castro and Cuba too and was [...]

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    27. The problem, of course, is that John Kennedy didn t live his last one hundred days knowing that his time was that limited, although Clarke documents a formidable number of occasions upon which the President ruminated about assassination Still, why wouldn t he It goes with the job.So for the book to handle his purported transformation, Clarke really has to examine the major issues confronting Kennedy s administration, and the book simply isn t long enough to do it What Clarke does do is pinpoint [...]

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    28. I chose Thurston Clarke s JFK book on the 50th anniversary of his assassination I previously had read his ASk NOT about the inaugural address and enjoyed his clear writing style along with his great research ability This book does not disappoint It is probably one of the best of the 50th anniversary books because of Clarke s subtitle, which he proves throughout the entire book I was most moved by what JFK would have done for the country and the world if he had been re elected in 1964, which was [...]

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    29. I m sad I m gay I m melancholy I m gloomy I m all mixed up, and don t know how I am A unique and rich approach to Kennedy and his administration Although he definitely could have, Thurston Clarke did not dwell on his death and the surrounding conspiracy This book came about from the premise that the President was, above all things, a prismatic man Although Clarke is, of all people, in the best situation to strongly communicate anything he wishes about JFK and his legacy, the author cares much a [...]

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    30. I wanted to like this book than I ended up liking it I also wanted to learn from it than I was able Unfortunately, the arbitrary nature of the author s time frame the last 100 days before Kennedy s death creates an abrupt entrance into the world and politics of the young Kennedy administration That being said, the author attempts to compensate for the rough entrance by providing copious amounts of back story for every event thus thoroughly muddying the timeline It s a decent attempt but I woul [...]

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