Jack Kennedy by Barbara Leaming
The Education of a Statesman

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The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency.

In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entrée to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called on a reluctant Britain to resist Adolf Hitler before it was too late, Jack Kennedy formed bonds of friendship and family that would forever change his life and the course of American history.

Drawing on many new primary sources, this book is the first to trace the dramatic arc of Kennedy's intellectual and political formation, and to detail the goals of his presidency as he saw them. For the first time we get an intimate picture of a leader torn between politics and principle, a president wrestling with private demons and unresolved conflicts dating back to the 1930s, when Churchill and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy were adversaries on the public stage. 24 pages of photographs.
 

About Barbara Leaming

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Barbara Leaming is a New York Times bestselling author. Her biography of John F. Kennedy was the first to detail the extraordinary influence of Winston Churchill on President Kennedy's intellectual formation and political strategies. She lives in Connecticut.
 
Published May 22, 2006 by W. W. Norton. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(The father, she notes, was as much an architect of appeasement at Munich as Chamberlain, which gave JFK yet another dauntingly high benchmark to match.) The descent didn’t last long, thanks in part to the influence of sister Kathleen, who died early—but not before Jack “had finally emerged as th...

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above all, Winston Churchill's "monumental influence" shaped Kennedy's strategy during his tragically curtailed presidency, or so Leaming contends in "Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman."

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Young John F. Kennedy was inspired by a circle of well-born and courageous Englishmen.

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Leaming endeavors to show how JFK's WWII-era relationships with British aristocrats (such as his doomed brother-in-law, Billy Hartington, heir to the duke of Devonshire), together with extensive readings in British political history and an idealization of Churchill, formed the mature Kennedy's br...

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