ASK NOT: THE INAUGURATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE SPEECH THAT CHANGED AM ERICA

ASK NOT: THE INAUGURATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE SPEECH THAT CHANGED AM ERICA

By: Clarke, Thurston

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A close-up on one of American history's most magical events, JFK's inaugura l week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and broug ht hope to a nation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your cou ntry." On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency a nd stood to speak those words, America was divided, its citizens torn by fe ars of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg and the most memorable of any twentieth-century American politician-did mor e than reassure: it changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the week leading up to the inaugural which stands as one of the most moving spectacles in the history of American politics. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Thurston Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the President at his most dazzlingly charismatic-and cunningly pragmatic. As the snow covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candlelit festivities, the perfectionist Kennedy pushes himself to the limit, to find the words that would capture what he most truly believed and which would far outlast his own life. For everyone who seeks to understand the fascination w.

Title: ASK NOT: THE INAUGURATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE SPEECH THAT CHANGED AM ERICA

Author Name: Clarke, Thurston

Categories: Americas,

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co: 2004

ISBN Number: 0805072136

ISBN Number 13: 9780805072136

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000030434