A Companion to John F. Kennedy
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History 1. Aufl.
A Companion to John F. Kennedy presents a comprehensive collection of historiographical essays addressing the life and administration of the nation’s 35th president. Features original contributions from leading Kennedy scholars Reassesses Kennedy, his administration, and the era of the New Frontier Reconsiders relevant Kennedy scholarship and points to new avenues of research Considers the major crises faced by Kennedy, along with domestic issues including women’s issues and civil rights
Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 Marc J. Selverstone Part I The Biographies 5 1. Writing Kennedy 7 James N. Giglio Part II Politics before the Presidency 31 2. Kennedy in Congress 33 Donald A. Ritchie 3. The Election of 1960 51 William J. Rorabaugh Part III Managing the Presidency 75 4. The First Family 77 Barbara A. Perry 5. Robert F. Kennedy 96 Joseph A. Palermo 6. Theodore Sorensen 115 Michael Brenes 7. The Action Intellectuals 133 John Dumbrell 8. Congress 152 Robert David Johnson 9. Civil–Military Relations 172 Erin R. Mahan 10. The Media 187 Aniko Bodroghkozy Part IV Hot Spots 207 11. Berlin 209 Andreas W. Daum 12. Cuba 228 Alan McPherson 13. Laos 248 Seth Jacobs 14. Vietnam 269 Andrew Preston Part V Global Challenges 289 15. Europe 291 Andrew Priest 16. Latin America 307 Jeffrey F. Taffet 17. The Middle East 328 April R. Summitt 18. Africa 347 Philip E. Muehlenbeck 19. The Sino–Soviet Split 366 Noam Kochavi 20. The Nonaligned World 384 Robert B. Rakove 21. Foreign Economic Policy 405 Thomas W. Zeiler 22. The Peace Corps 422 Nicole L. Anslover 23. Brushfi re Wars 436 Jeff Woods 24. Nuclear Issues 458 Philip Nash 25. The Moon Race 478 John M. Logsdon Part VI Domestic Concerns 497 26. Kennedy and the Liberal Consensus 499 Lily Geismer 27. The Status of Women 519 MaryAnne Borrelli 28. Civil Rights 540 Derek C. Catsam 29. The Arts 558 Donna M. Binkiewicz Part VII Dallas 571 30. The Assassination 573 John McAdams Index 593
Marc Selverstone is Associate Professor and Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virgina’s Miller Center. He is the author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945–1950 (2009), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is currently writing The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam.
A Companion to John F. Kennedy presents a comprehensive collection of historiographical essays addressing the life and administration of the nation’s 35th president. Featuring original contributions from leading JFK and Kennedy-era scholars, readings reflect the latest critical scholarship surrounding developments and events in Kennedy’s private and public life, from his privileged youth and early career in politics to his presidency and 1963 assassination. Initial essays explore themes addressed in the major Kennedy biographies, followed by readings covering Kennedy’s political career prior to his presidency, looking at his time in Congress and the U.S. presidential election of 1960. Subsequent essays explore Kennedy’s management of the presidency, including his dealings with Congress, the significance of his family and key advisers, and his handling of the media and the military. Berlin, Vietnam, the Bay of Pigs and other major crises that would define the JFK presidency are explored next, along with Kennedy’s responses to a variety of related regional and global challenges. A final series of essays address domestic concerns, including women’s issues and civil rights, and contentious debates surrounding the tragedy in Dallas. From Camelot to the Cuban Missile Crisis, A Companion to John F. Kennedy presents compelling new insights and a balanced reappraisal of JFK, both the man and president.
“Marc Selverstone has compiled an indispensable volume of essays on John F. Kennedy and his presidency, written by a stellar cast of scholars. What stands out in sharp relief in this wide-ranging and authoritative book is how consequential were Kennedy's thousand days for the United States and for the world, and how controversial is his legacy.” -Fredrik Logevall, Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Professor of History, Cornell University “Marc Selverstone has brought together a remarkable group of scholars who illuminate the many important ideas of, and events that occurred during, this brief administration. This book is the best record of the Kennedy years.” -Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University "This collection of talented scholars and their research and thoughts on John F. Kennedy is an invaluable resource: a deeply informed conversation for the ages." -Richard Reeves, writer, syndicated columnist, and senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California