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1. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy,
2. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy,
 
3. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy,
 
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4. John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Presidents)
 
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8. AN UNFINISHED LIFE: JOHN F. KENNEDY
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10. POST MAGAZINE 12/14/63: IN MEMORIAM
 
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14. JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963.
 
15. LIFE Magazine - November 29, 1963
 
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1. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963 (Dynasty)
by Robert Dallek
Paperback: 848 Pages (2004-05-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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While JFK remains the subject of endless media attention and national fascination more than 40 years after his assassination, Dallek's book provides fresh revelations and perspective. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An unfinished end
I can only agree with all the more elaborate reviews on this book that give it at least 4 stars.
I have read biographies from Churchill to Rockefeller and what I like, is when you get enough detail of the person's life, set in the background of their times, to make history come alive. This biography succeeds in that. It is a wonderful and interesting read that will surely give you something out of it; well researched, well written, objective, yet full of detail and not void of the expert view of the historian.
This easy to read book comes with new information never before available, but before you get your hopes high, they are mainly on the medical record of JFK. Not on what happened the 22th November 1963.
But before we get to JFK's last day, I would like to say the whole historical context, and especially the merits of JFK's administration in those difficult times are described in great detail. So anyone wanting to know about the Cuba crisis, the racial unrest, or Communism threats and Vietnam; this is the book.The writer stays wisely away from hagiography and treats JFK very objectively, as if to let the reader come to his own conclusions, which is how a biography should be. But some interesting details that could have spiced the book up were missing. They are the Marilyn Monroe affair and a more detailed account of what happened the day JFK was shot. I think, since JFK has become a story, even in his own life, that these stories have become very relevant to his history. After all, Dallek agreed that history was nothing else than an unending debate. Somehow Dallek must have thought these questions were not historically relevant. Maybe he wanted to limit himself to relevant and recorded facts, forgetting the reader could perfectly make up his own mind on what he would think were facts and innuendo .
Let's begin with the affair JFK had with Marilyn Monroe. I have seen an interview (forgot the name of the man), that also had an affair with her. She complained often to him that sex with JFK was always a 'quicky', with the obvious answer as a president he did not have much time. Including more source material like this would have spiced things up, and intriguing it certainly would have been. Why could gossip not be interesting history, too? If the author can dig into tons of medical files, why not in tons of interviews with people that Marilyn might have involved with and might have talked to about her affair with JFK? The fact she was clearly dumped by JFK possibly even added to her troubles and ultimately her suicide (my conclusion, since she had been troubled all her life, and also had tried before with pills). It would have been relevant to mention a conspiracy theory as to her death too in this volume. Some even say she died because she was silenced by the Kennedy's, although it could easily be falsified since JFK's philandering was no secret anyway. Nevertheless, no biography of JFK could omit a page of Marilyn's story since her premature death was so closely connected, at least in time, with that of JFK. It would have been enough to refer the reader to the sources, or shortly comment that what comes next might just be innuendo. After all, why could the orally transferred information used in the rest of this book dealing with political information, not be lies too, as all recorded history, for that matter?

Then the 22th November of 1963. One reviewer remarked this book was well written, bringing out both the genius and the weaknesses of JFK, therefore also ringing true in the tricky parts. I agree, except for the weakest point in the book, namely the authors handling of the most tricky question of all: who might have killed JFK? I hoped, since the title also hinted to that, that I would get a wealth of possible theories. I was wrong. He is quite blunt about it, accepting no conspiracy theories, and that, after almost stretching to full tension the last say half year of JFK's administration to great detail, as if to prepare us not only for the loss after that fateful day, but also bringing together as in an Agatha Christie end the many suspects: the mob, right wing extremists in the south, Cuba or Russian connections, the military that was in favor of a war in Vietnam, etc. Whodunit? All he has to say in half a page is that it was Oswald. Really, shouldn't JFK's killing have been a major part in this book, including all the possible theories about his assassination? After all, the question 'Who killed JFK' is almost more famous than JFK himself.
Instead, the author waves this away by saying all the alternative theories were never conclusive, forgetting that neither the one that Oswald alone did is totally foolproof. History should look at all the facts, thus also at facts that do not add up. True, people might want to find reasons, as to give the meaningless some meaning. If only one madman like Oswald could have such a disastrous impact on the world, it surely would be hard to accept. After all, had he lived, Vietnam could have been averted, the Cold War might have been less cold, with better relations with both Cuba and the USSR. But this psychological remark does not mean JFK's killing is therefore explained since people cannot accept the obvious. JFK's death is not that of Elvis. It is not whether he died or not and whether we could let him go or not, but who did it.
The author slips here, not offering the reader a detailed full account of all the evidence pointing in many possible directions. Instead, he makes us accept it was Oswald, even though some army specialists say no one could have fired three consecutive shots in such a short time. Others even say the directions of the entry wounds indicated the shots did not come from one location. There is also the question why Oswald was killed by that nightclub owner (who knew Oswald according to some statements) before he could reach court. Oswald might have been silenced, implying he was in a plot with more people. For me, this was a reason to drop one star.
Maybe we have to wait to 2013 for more files to open after 50 years, if I am correctly informed. If so, I would welcome the same author again to publish a second version, this time including more information on what might have happened. Then I will be happy to give him the five stars which he undoubtedly deserves, or 10, if one day it would be proved Oswald was indeed the sole killer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dallek on JFK
The book begins with the early history of the Kennedy family and goes on thru his school days, military service and his early political career in the House and Senate. His love for democracy, civil liberties, and anti-communist stance is evident in his life before his ascent to the Presidency.

Kennedy's finest hours during his presidency are shown in his dealings with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights issues, tax cuts and business development, friendly diplomatic initiatives, and the start up of man's journey to the Moon. However, Dallek also covers well his darkest hour of reluctant leadership at the Bay of Pigs.

The documentation of John Kennedy's medical records is staggering. Testerone and steroids were among the drugs he took for his back and may explain his excessive womanizing, though he may have learned this behavior from his father Joe.

Relatively little time is spent on the assassination and I consider this a plus in this biography. There are too many books that focus on the assassination and not on his legacy. The assassination of John Kennedy represented a great loss- the death of a charming prince with an inspiring personality. Maybe we should accept the Warren Commission's report at face value, stop accusing people that we dislike for his death, and honor JFK's memory by practicing the principles of government that he best cherished, such as political equality and freedom for all, compassion for the less fortunate, and a level-headed leadership in times of crises.

3-0 out of 5 stars JFK well written-not the full story
Dallek has done a fine job of delving into the medical history of JFK and how it impacted his life and presidency.However, the constant chronicling of his medical ailments becomes a bit much and repetitive at times.The new information is appreciated just not to this length.Dallek focuses more on a few domestic and foreign policy issues and leaves out some that he believes may not be as relevant.He does a fine job of exploring the politics of JFK's decisions which is helpful in assessing what it took to get things accomplished at the time.

There is a lot of back and forth from 1961-1963 which makes for a not so smooth read sometimes.His major domestic focus is civil rights - segregation, health care, the economy coming out of the recessions of the 50's, the space program (hinting that JFK really used the potential military benefits of space exploration as a cover for simply gaining an edge over Russia and building prestige for the US).His major foreign policy emphasis is Cuba-Castro, Russia-Khrushchev, Vietnam and Diem and some others that fall under the communist threat umbrella.Although he does a decent job of detailing the politics and emotion of JFK, the details are sporadic which does not help in getting a cohesive argument presented.All in all Dallek is great and I learned a lot.For a more intriguing account of JFK and also Bobby and Joe Kennedy I highly recommend the book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot.Brothers is a fantastic read and offers a more in-depth analysis into the character and personality of JFK and Bobby.He also covers some of the more sensations aspects of each with out offering too much speculation.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent detail
This is an incredibly detailed account of kennedy's life. Whats most remarkable is the detail and how the author made this book so easily readable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gem on JFK
Robert Dallek is one of the foremost historians on the Presidents, and this gem is no exception.

In An Unfinished Life Robert Dallek does a great job of being objective on JFK. Most of the books on him, are either one way or the other, Dallek does a nice job of 'staying in the middle'. Another thing that makes this book a gem is the access that Dallek got to the medical records of JFK. This allows Dallek to delve into the issues that JFK had during the campaign, and throughout his life.

This biography really is a gem, that should be read by those interested in the Presidency, and in the man John F. Kennedy. ... Read more


2. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963
by Robert Dallek
Kindle Edition: 848 Pages (2003-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An Unfinished Life is the first major, single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced and Historical
Well written and researched biography of John F. Kennedy.It was neither idealizing, nor denegrating, of the ex-president - it was a balanced, interesting portrait of Kennedy and his times.It may be a little long for some, but I prefer my biographies to go into such detail, in order to get a good feel for the subject.I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read an intellectual study of this period of history.

5-0 out of 5 stars JFK
This is a great book about JFK. It is well written and shows that although a great many people would argue, JFK was very close to being a total failure as President. It shows the development of his many ailments how he hid them from the electorate and became President. He fumbled along through crisis after crisis until he hit a home run during the Cuban missle crisis. But his works mean much more to the country then he deeds. He inspired the country to move to great great things which is where he eventually finds his greatness, with after his assassination LBJ adopting and enlarging his views on space exploration,civil rights etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Dallek does't rehash already well covered aspects of this remarkable man.He gives in depth, well documented insights into the life and personality of America's 35th president.This is neither a whitewash nor a hachet job.Well written and insightful.A scholarly approach to one of the 20th centuries most charismatic politicians.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading But...
Robert Dallek is a gifted historian.He is also a complete historian, because he writes extremely well.I wonder if he has ever won the Parkman Prize, because his apparent meticulous research is consumed by the reader with such ease.Of course, because it is Dr. Dallek, I have but one complaint.In the young, Kennedy years, prior to the presidency, the biography feels intimate -- as if we were talking to someone who was right in the house growing up with him -- almost if we were like Lem Billings.But when we get to the presidency there is a bit of opinionating that oftimes goes from historian to editorializing.For example, when speaking of the Berlin Crisis, Dr. Dallek opines that it is best that JFK was running the show because RFK, being a hothead, might have gotten us involved in a nuclear exchange.Other than that minor, minor complaint, (because he is probably right on his opinionating), I think Dallek is great.So is his new title about Nixon, (and Kissinger,too.)

Joe Nichols

4-0 out of 5 stars Adequate First Kennedy Biography
Thought that the book was an adequate one volume account of the life of JFK.The author talked alot about JFK's medical problems, more than I would have liked.He could have written a chapter about the medical problems JFK had with his stomach and back and about how the Kennedy's covered up those ailments during the run for the presidency and during the presidency.

But overall I thought that it was a very good book and would recommend to anyone who is reading their first Biography of Kennedy. ... Read more


3. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Complete book)
by Robert Dallek
 Audio CD: Pages (2003)

Isbn: 1402557701
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Nationally best-selling author Robert Dallek is one of the most respected historians in America. He has won the American Book Award and the Bancroft Prize for his excellent biographies of U.S. presidents. In An Unfinished Life, Dallek offers the first authoritative, single-volume story of the life of John F. Kennedy. Drawing from an archive of previously unavailable information, Dallek paints a brilliant portrait of a legendary president who was bold, brave, and ultimately human. Dallek's research draws from firsthand sources, newly discovered documents, never-before-opened archives, and personal medical records. Dallek explores Kennedy's many strengths, while not shying away from his weaknesses. Beginning with the birth of the Kennedy dynasty in Ireland, Dallek traces their rise to prosperity in the bustling world of late 19th-century Boston. As the story weaves through Jack's privileged childhood, we glimpse the inner workings of an affluent family driven to even greater success and power. From his daring exploits in World War II, which made him a national hero, to his awkward first forays into the political arena, and then to the White House, the great John F. Kennedy emerges as a man of irresistible charm, character, and determination in An Unfinished Life. ... Read more


4. John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Presidents)
by Urs Schwarz
 Unknown Binding: 188 Pages (2004)
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5. John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963: Chronology-documents-bibliographical AIDS (The Presidential Chronologies)
by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Howard F. Bremmer
 Hardcover: 110 Pages (1971-06)
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6. A Tribute to John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
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The first published collection of tributes paid to the memory of the late President in the emotion-filled days following his assassination. the editor's selections include tributes from newspapers and magazines, radio and television broadcasts, radio and television broadcasts, distinguished U.S. citizens and foreign leaders, and from letters written to the Kennedy family. ... Read more


7. Good Night, Brave Spirit: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963
by The Boston Globe
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8. AN UNFINISHED LIFE: JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963
by Robert Dallek
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9. LIFE Magazine- President-John F.Kennedy ; 1917-1963-November 29, 1963
Paperback: 104 Pages (1963-11-29)

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November 29, 1963 - LIFE Magazine - President John F. Kennedy - 1917 - 1963 - Special Edition - Tribute Edition following Kennedy's assassination - Very Collectible ... Read more


10. POST MAGAZINE 12/14/63: IN MEMORIAM JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963.NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING OF JFK ON COVER
by Various Authors
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11. LIFE MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER 19 1963 - VOL. 55, NO. 22 PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917 - 1963 ON COVER
by GEORGE P. (MANAGING EDITOR) HUNT
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12. POST MAGAZINE 12/14/63: IN MEMORIAM JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963.NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING OF JFK ON COVER
by Various Authors
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13. An Unfinished Life John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 Part Two (compact discs 16-30)
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14. JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963.
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15. LIFE Magazine - November 29, 1963 - PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY 1917-1963 COLOR PHOTO PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATED COVER
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16. A Tribute to John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Leather Bound)
by Sander Vanocur Pierre Salinger
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17. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
by Professor Robert Dallek
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18. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963.(Book Review): An article from: First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life
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This digital document is an article from First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, published by Institute on Religion and Public Life on November 1, 2003. The length of the article is 497 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963.(Book Review)
Publication: First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life (Refereed)
Date: November 1, 2003
Publisher: Institute on Religion and Public Life
Issue: 137Page: 66(1)

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19. John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 Comic Book
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20. Good Night, Brave Spirit: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963
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