Jennie: JFK

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek

This book was interesting, but a few hundred pages too long. The information about Kennedy’s health problems was news to me, and very fascinating in both his personal life and how they deceived the American public. It got me thinking about how hard it would be to hide and destroy childhood records nowadays.

The detailed day to day about his campaigns lead me to skimming some sections, but the Cuban missile crisis information had me riveted. I was disappointed that so little was dedicated to his assassination and subsequent hunt for his murderer, but I’m sure there are many other books out there that cover that well enough.

I think the thing I felt most when finishing this gigantic book was that JFK lead a very different life than I did. Money and fancy doctors and trips abroad and elite colleges he slacked off at…very different life than mine!