The Kennedy Half-Century
The Kennedy Half-Century
The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781620402825, 623pp.
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago, yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato-himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency-explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and, especially, on each of his nine presidential successors.
"The Kennedy Half-Century" reexamines JFK's assassination using heretofore unseen information to which he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary effect the assassination has had on Americans of every modern generation through the most extensive survey ever undertaken on the public's view of a historical figure. The full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal killing. Just as significant, Sabato shows how JFK's presidency has strongly influenced the policies and decisions-often in surprising ways-of every president since.
Among the hundreds of books devoted to JFK, "The Kennedy Half-Century" stands apart for its rich insight and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK's short presidency has had on our national psyche.
“Larry Sabato has compiled a mountain of research that is sure to be the go-to reference on the assassination for years to come. He seems to have examined any and everything connected to Kennedy’s death and brought new insight and understanding to that awful weekend when America lost its innocence.” —Bob Schieffer, CBS News
“Ambitious . . . Sabato is the most prominent political scientist of our age . . . [The Kennedy Half-Century is] a valuable contribution to the literature of the assassination.” —James Rosen, National Review
"The Kennedy Half Century is a Master Class in discovering and evaluating John F. Kennedy as a man,a President and a game-changing figure in American life. The cultural change Kennedy brought to the nation is the real and original contribution Larry J. Sabato brings to the never-ending debates about the 35th President." —Richard Reeves, author of Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House
"In The Kennedy Half-Century, Larry Sabato not only sheds new light on the assassination, but, and more importantly, masterfully explains the enduring legacy of Kennedy and his 1000 days in office." —John Grisham