Two Days in June by Andrew Cohen
John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Changed History

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In Two Days in June Cohen makes a very compelling case that two days, June 10 and June 11, 1963, bookended by two of the most important speeches of Kennedy’s presidency, guaranteed his tenure would change the dial on two of the most vitally important issues of the era: nuclear arms control and American society’s systemic racism.
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On two consecutive days in June 1963, in two lyrical speeches, John F. Kennedy pivots dramatically and boldly on the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. In language unheard in lily white, Cold War America, he appeals to Americans to see both the Russians and the "Negroes" as human beings. His speech on June 10 leads to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963; his speech on June 11 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Based on new material -- hours of recently uncovered documentary film shot in the White House and the Justice Department, fresh interviews, and a rediscovered draft speech -- Two Days in June captures Kennedy at the high noon of his presidency in startling, granular detail which biographer Sally Bedell Smith calls "a seamless and riveting narrative, beautifully written, weaving together the consequential and the quotidian, with verve and authority." Moment by moment, JFK's feverish forty-eight hours unspools in cinematic clarity as he addresses "peace and freedom." In the tick-tock of the American presidency, we see Kennedy facing down George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama, talking obsessively about sex and politics at a dinner party in Georgetown, recoiling at a newspaper photograph of a burning monk in Saigon, planning a secret diplomatic mission to Indonesia, and reeling from the midnight murder of Medgar Evers.
There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy. This is the story of two of them.




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About Andrew Cohen

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Cohen is not just a spiritual teacher, he is an inspiring phenomenon. Wilbur is one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time. His writings have been translated into over twenty foreign languages.
 
Published November 11, 2014 by Signal. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Dec 26 2014

Cohen’s ability to convey the white-knuckle reality of the moment is the book’s abiding strength. Although chunks of the story are necessarily rooted in speculation and conjecture, much of it is based on the 1963 TV film Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment by pioneering documentarian Robert Drew...

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Robert Collison on Apr 09 2015

In Two Days in June Cohen makes a very compelling case that two days, June 10 and June 11, 1963, bookended by two of the most important speeches of Kennedy’s presidency, guaranteed his tenure would change the dial on two of the most vitally important issues of the era: nuclear arms control and American society’s systemic racism.

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