The Letters of John F. Kennedy

The Letters of John F. Kennedy

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Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 35th President's death, a definitive collection of letters by and to JFK is drawn from Kennedy Presidential Library records and offers unique insights into his character and times, in a volume that includes correspondences with such figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and a young John Kerry. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.)

McMillan Palgrave

John Fitzgerald Kennedy led his nation for little more than a thousand days, yet his presidency is intensely remembered, not merely as a byproduct of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered the nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty, created the Peace Corps, and launched America on its mission to the moon and beyond. JFK inspired a nation, particularly the massive generation of baby boomers, injecting hope and revitalizing faith in the American project.

2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's untimely death, a milestone to be marked by an avalanche of new books on his life and importance. Martin Sandler'sThe Letters of John F. Kennedywill stand out among them, as the only book that draws on letters from and to Kennedy, as collected at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the library--many never before published--this project presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the times he lived in.

Letters to and from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Clare Booth Luce, Pearl Buck, John Wayne, Albert Schweitzer, Linus Pauling, Willy Brandt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nikita Khruschev, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, a young John Kerry, and Ngo Dinh Diem are complemented by letters from ordinary citizens, schoolchildren, and concerned Americans. Each letter will be accompanied by lively and informative contextualization. Facsimiles of many letters will appear, along with photographs and other visual ephemera from the Kennedy Library and Museum.

A literary event: The first ever anthology of correspondence to and from John F. Kennedy, showing the tragic president as never before seen: in his own words and those of the people who sought to understand and influence him, published for the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death.

Book News
Historian Sandler, who has written other books on JFK, collects selected letters both to and from Kennedy, spanning his childhood through his political career. The letters are from political figures at home and abroad, including Martin Luther King and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, as well as entertainers and scientists, friends and family, and citizens and schoolchildren. There are also letters to and from the women in his life. Each letter includes brief historical background. The book is illustrated with a wealth of color and b&w historical photos and documents from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608192717
Branch Call Number: 973.922 K383L
Characteristics: xi, 372 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sandler, Martin W.


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Nov 23, 2013

As someone with no personal memory of the JFK era, but a child of the Cold War, I felt this book provided a valuable service in illuminating the world that Kennedy and Americans experienced. Covers a range of subjects important to the presidency. Civil rights at home, the space race, the erecting of the Berlin wall, and nuclear threats and brinkmanship all find a place in this compilation.

May 20, 2013

"Kennedy steered the nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty, created the Peace Corps, and launched American on its mission to the moon and beyond." And JFK's administration appointed those who founded and financed the Internet, leading to the eventual creation of the World Wide Web. He also pushed for the creation of the Navy SEALS, and kept the Army SpeciaL Forces from being dissolved; moving them towards aiding global pro-democracy insurgencies - - which would be dropped under President Reagan, sadly, who utilized special forces on behalf of the multinationals.


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