If Kennedy Lived by Jeff Greenfield
The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History

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Although unquestionably well researched and written, If Kennedy Lived has a bit too much of an “inside politics” feel.
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What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket? How would Kennedy, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? With Hoover as an enemy, would his indiscreet private life finally have become public? Would his health issues have become so severe as to literally cripple his presidency? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place?

The answers Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. If Kennedy Lived is a tour de force of American history from one of the country’s most brilliant and illuminating political commentators.
 

About Jeff Greenfield

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JEFF GREENFIELD is the host of the PBS news show Need to Know, a Yahoo! News columnist, and a veteran of CBS News, ABC News, and CNN. A five-time EmmyAward winner, he is the author of twelve books. He lives in New York City and Santa Barbara.
 
Published October 22, 2013 by NAL. 273 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Gebhart on Oct 18 2013

Although unquestionably well researched and written, If Kennedy Lived has a bit too much of an “inside politics” feel.

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