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The Resource Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure, Scott Farris

Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure, Scott Farris

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Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure
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Kennedy and Reagan
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why their legacies endure
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Scott Farris
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Kennedy & Reagan
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why their legacies endure
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eng
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  • This thoroughly enjoyable dual study of John F. Kennedy, the iconic liberal president, and Ronald Reagan, the iconic conservative, reveals as much about their similarities as their legacies. Farris (Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation ) shows that the Cold War era that bookmarked Kennedy's and Reagan's presidencies contributed significantly to their enduring public acclaim. Communism was the nation's unifying enemy that enabled Kennedy and Reagan to forge consensus across party lines. Farris also includes several important examples of their comparable life experiences: they were denied parental love, were heavily influenced by the motion picture industry, and defied political decorum by not waiting their turns to run for office. To what extent these circumstances connect to their political approaches is open for debate, but the author demonstrates that Kennedy and Reagan made good use of self-deprecating humor, advocated tax cuts, were not sensitive to civil rights, promoted American exceptionalism, and were pragmatic leaders willing to compromise. VERDICT Farris acknowledges that he did little original research for this well-crafted synthesis of secondary sources. While he breaks no new ground, general readers will enjoy this lively account and might develop a new appreciation and sympathy for both presidents, especially the one who least represents their own politics.— Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed November 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 21, p98)
  • An engrossing "comparative biography" of two presidents who remain enduringly popular. Veteran political journalist Farris (Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation, 2011, etc.) recounts the striking, sometimes-surprising similarities between John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) and Ronald Reagan (1911–2004) and their presidencies. In a smooth, well-written chronological narrative, the author explores and compares each stage of their lives, seeking to explain the continuing appeal of these disparate men, both of whom are frequently ranked in polls as being among the great presidents. Although one was a Democrat and the other a Republican, both are remembered as handsome, charismatic, vigorous men of ideas who set the bar (the "Kennedy aura," the "Reagan mantle") for the qualities sought in a presidential candidate. Both were shot (and became beloved), shared Irish heritage, had rakish fathers and pious mothers, loved books, felt antipathy toward communism, exuded sex appeal that bolstered their political appeal, dealt serenely with crises, and shared a weakness for cloak-and-dagger behavior that ended badly (the Bay of Pigs, the Iran-Contra Affair). Kennedy was "America's first ‘movie-star president,' " and Reagan, "the first movie star to become president." Both did more than any other president to ally Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, and both used the actor's trick of playing the persona they had developed for themselves. Starting out as reserved boys, they "engaged in lifelong reinventions of themselves, working to form themselves into the men they wished to be, the masculine, rugged, charming presidents they became." Farris covers the major issues in both presidencies, and he speculates that neither man could win his party's nomination for the presidency today. Having governed during years of Cold War clarity, they would fare poorly as presidents in a current climate marked by both political divisiveness and the murkiness of the war on terrorism. A fresh, welcome view of two much-revered leaders.(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2013)
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collective biography
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10247031
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Farris, Scott
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  • 973.09/9
  • B
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
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why their legacies endure
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Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure, Scott Farris
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-377) and index
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Contents
The sincerest form of flattery -- Martyrdom and near martyrdom -- The most Irish of presidents -- Different incomes, similar families -- Boys who loved books -- College days during the great Depression -- Early success -- The war stateside and overseas -- Anti-communists -- Wives and other lovers -- The book and the speech -- The mad dash for president -- Sinatra, Disney, and Casals -- A city on the hill and a man on the moon -- Crises and charisma -- To the brink--and back -- The Will Rogers of covert operations -- Tax cuts and deficits -- Religion and the culture wars -- Civil rights -- A different world
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997324
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24 cm
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x, 389 pages
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9780762781447
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(hbk.)
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2013029119
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9780762781447
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Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure, Scott Farris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The sincerest form of flattery -- Martyrdom and near martyrdom -- The most Irish of presidents -- Different incomes, similar families -- Boys who loved books -- College days during the great Depression -- Early success -- The war stateside and overseas -- Anti-communists -- Wives and other lovers -- The book and the speech -- The mad dash for president -- Sinatra, Disney, and Casals -- A city on the hill and a man on the moon -- Crises and charisma -- To the brink--and back -- The Will Rogers of covert operations -- Tax cuts and deficits -- Religion and the culture wars -- Civil rights -- A different world
Control code
997324
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 389 pages
Isbn
9780762781447
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013029119
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780762781447

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