An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek
John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

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This is a meticulous work, yet also highly readable... if there is someone alive who has not read a biography of Kennedy, this is a good starting point.
-The Sydney Morning Herald

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Everywhere acclaimed for its compelling narrative, its fresh insights, and its dispassionate appraisal of John F. Kennedy's presidency, this #1 national bestseller is the first full-scale single-volume biography of JFK to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing on previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life is packed with revelations large and small - about JFK's health, his love affairs, RFK's appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son win the White House, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Robert Dallek succeeds as no other biographer has done in striking a critical balance - never shying away from JFK's weaknesses, brilliantly exploring his strengths - as he offers up a vivid portrait of a bold, brave, complex, heroic, human Kennedy.
 

About Robert Dallek

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Robert Dallek is the author of Nixon and Kissinger, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, among other books. An elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president from 2004 to 2005, Dallek lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published May 1, 2003 by Little, Brown and Company. 822 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 12 2008

Dallek is to be thanked for providing the thoroughly researched, well-sourced, responsible and readable biography that has for so long been wanting in Kennedy scholarship.

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Reviewed by Clarence Yu on Mar 21 2009

This detailed, uncluttered, and well-researched book is obviously a labor of love by Dallek.

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Reviewed by David Exum on Jan 24 2011

...AN UNFINISHED LIFE should be considered the finest biography ever written about the slain statesman.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Sexton on Oct 18 2008

This is a meticulous work, yet also highly readable... if there is someone alive who has not read a biography of Kennedy, this is a good starting point.

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