JFK, Conservative by Ira Stoll

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Stoll makes a solid case by carefully scouring the record. A compelling textual study of how JFK became all things to all people.
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“America, meet the real John F. Kennedy.” — Washington Times

John F. Kennedy is lionized by liberals. He inspired Lyndon Johnson to push Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act. His New Frontier promised increased spending on education and medical care for the elderly. He inspired Bill Clinton to go into politics. His champions insist he would have done great liberal things had he not been killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

But what if we’ve been looking at him all wrong? Indeed, JFK had more in common with Ronald Reagan than with LBJ. After all, JFK’s two great causes were anticommunism and tax cuts. His tax cuts, domestic spending restraint, military buildup, pro-growth economic policy, emphasis on free trade and a strong dollar, and foreign policy driven by the idea that America had a God-given mission to defend freedom — all make him, by the standards of both his time and our own, a conservative. This widely debated book is must reading for conservatives and liberals alike.

“Provocative and compelling . . . Ira Stoll has succeeded in changing our very perception of Kennedy as one of liberalism’s heroes.” — Weekly Standard

“An informative analysis of the ways in which JFK did indeed evince his conservative side — he was very religious, open to a free market unencumbered by governmental interference, and staunchly anti-Communist.” — Publishers Weekly 
 

About Ira Stoll

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IRA STOLL is editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com, and the author of Samuel Adams: A Life. From 2002 to 2008 he was vice president and managing editor of The New York Sun. Previously, he served as Washington correspondent and managing editor of The Forward, as North American editor of the Jerusalem Post, and as president of the Harvard Crimson.
 
Published October 15, 2013 by Mariner Books. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Aug 12 2013

Stoll makes a solid case by carefully scouring the record. A compelling textual study of how JFK became all things to all people.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 24 2013

Stoll’s obvious allegiances notwithstanding, this is still an informative analysis of the ways in which J.F.K. did indeed evince his conservative side—he was very religious...

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Wes Vernon on Feb 04 2014

...wearing his historian’s hat, Mr. Stoll did not sit down to write about what President Kennedy promised. Politicians make lofty promises all the time...No, this author’s focus is on what Kennedy actually did or tried to do while in the White House.

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