JFK's Last Hundred Days by Thurston Clarke audiobook

JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President

By Thurston Clarke
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

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    ISBN: 9781101620236

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK’s final days that asks what might have been Fifty years after his assassination, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke reexamines the last months of the president’s life to show a man in the midst of great change, both in his family and in the key issues of his day: the cold war, civil rights, and Vietnam, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise. JFK’s Last Hundred Days presents a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy’s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of them all—not who killed him but who he was when he was killed and where he would have led us.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2013

One of the Daily Beast’s Must-Reads: a “Brainy Beach Read”

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Nonfiction

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book for July 2013

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK’s final days that asks what might have been Fifty years after his assassination, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke reexamines the last months of the president’s life to show a man in the midst of great change, both in his family and in the key issues of his day: the cold war, civil rights, and Vietnam, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise. JFK’s Last Hundred Days presents a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy’s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of them all—not who killed him but who he was when he was killed and where he would have led us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A fascinating analysis of what was… and what might have been."
Booklist
Kirkus Reviews (starred):
Certainly demonstrates that three often painful years in office had taught Kennedy valuable lessons… Clarke delivers a thoroughly delightful portrait."
Library Journal:
Thurston Clarke has written a superb book.”
Daily Mail:
Financial Times:
[A] compelling portrait of one of the towering figures of 20th-cnetury America."
There will be few, if any, contributions more entertaining and informative than Thurston Clarke's comprehensive chronological telling of his last 100 days in office."
Dallas Morning News:
A gracefully written, fresh look at the oft-told story."
A graceful, bittersweet chronicle… Clarke clearly admires Kennedy but does not ignore his flaws… an absorbing narrative."
Publishers Weekly
Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite:
A fascinating, close-up look at the final dramatic months of a young president's life. Thurston Clarke's portrait of Kennedy is masterful in this compelling convergence of history and biography."
The three-months before President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas were frenetic times: civil rights, Vietnam, Berlin and reelection were on his mind. Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days does a marvelous job of reliving Camelot's fragile promise. Clarke is a masterful storyteller and able researcher. This book sings. Highly recommended."
People 
The noted historian makes the case that JFK, who had just lost his infant son, was on the verge of vast achievement before his assassination."
Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times:
Clarke makes the drama, the excitement, and the dark side of Camelot seem like only yesterday—indeed, you feel as though you’re right there, in the Kennedy White House, at Hyannis Port, and aboard Air Force One with JFK, today.”
Camelot devotees will relish insider details, from descriptions of an obviously depressed Vice President Johnson 'growling at anyone who disturbed him' to dismissive jabs at Sen. Barry Goldwater taken from the president’s official diary."
Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power:
Thurston Clarke has done the seemingly impossible: he has found a revealing new angle of vision on John F. Kennedy that brings the president and his times back to vivid life. This is excellent narrative history."
Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution:
Christian Science Monitor:
Mr. Clarke is a good storyteller…[He] offers an enjoyable snapshot of the day-to-day workings of the presidency. The Economist 
The Wall Street Journal:
Michicko Kakutani, New York Times:
Christian Science Monitor's 10 Best Books of JulyAn Amazon Best History Pick July 2013A Daily Beast "Brainy Beach Read An Apple iBooks Best Book of August
“Thurston Clarke’s JFK's Last Hundred Days does a marvelous job of reliving Camelot’s fragile promise. Clarke is a masterful storyteller and able researcher. This book sings. Highly recommended.” Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite
JFK's Last Hundred Days is a superb piece of writing—richly detailed and, considering that the end is all too well known, surprisingly enthralling.”
. . . [a] vivid portrait of Kennedy as an immensely complex human being: by turns detached and charismatic, a hard-nosed pol and a closet romantic, cautious in his decision making but reckless in his womanizing."
Washington Post:
A real page-turner… makes for a great and stimulating vacation read… deftly weav[es] together the private, personal, and intimate with the public, the political, and the-then-secret public and political, makes one want to keep reading to find out even more of the scoop."
Clarke does an interesting and in many ways persuasive job of what he proposes at the beginning: ‘to view John F. Kennedy through every prism and search through all his compartments during the crucial last hundred days of his life—days that saw him finally beginning to realize his potential as a man and a president—in order to solve the most tantalizing mystery of all: not who killed him, but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.’”
Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days manages to surprise and…to delight. Daily Beast:
Associated Press:
“Thurston Clarke has done the seemingly impossible: He has found a revealing new angle of vision on John F. Kennedy that brings the president and his times back to vivid life. This is excellent narrative history.” Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
“The noted historian makes the case that JFK, who had just lost his infant son, was on the verge of vast achievement before his assassination.” People
“Even half a century has not dulled our fascination with John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This book by veteran author Thurston Clarke charts the last hundred days of JFK’s life. Its time delineation is not purely arbitrary: During that brief period, the president suffered the loss of his premature two-day-old son, suspended his philandering, and made significant moves in policies involving the Cold War, Vietnam, and civil rights. With its riveting day-by-day accounts, this readable narrative makes one imagine how history might have been different had he lived.” Barnes&Noble, editorial review
“Mr. Clarke is a good storyteller…[He] offers an enjoyable snapshot of the day-to-day workings of the presidency.” Economist
“Thurston Clarke’s JFK’s Last Hundred Days manages to surprise and…to delight.” Associated Press
“A gracefully written, fresh look at the oft-told story.” Dallas Morning News
“There will be few, if any, contributions more entertaining and informative than Thurston Clarke’s comprehensive chronological telling of his last 100 days in office.” Financial Times
“Clarke does an interesting and in many ways persuasive job of what he proposes at the beginning: ‘to view John F. Kennedy through every prism and search through all his compartments during the crucial last hundred days of his life—days that saw him finally beginning to realize his potential as a man and a president—in order to solve the most tantalizing mystery of all: not who killed him, but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.’” Washington Post
“[A] compelling portrait of one of the towering figures of twentieth-century America.” Christian Science Monitor
“Certainly demonstrates that three often painful years in office had taught Kennedy valuable lessons…Clarke delivers a thoroughly delightful portrait.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A graceful, bittersweet chronicle…Clarke clearly admires Kennedy but does not ignore his flaws…An absorbing narrative.” Library Journal
“[A] compelling page-turner…Clarke makes a convincing argument that, had he lived, JFK would have opted for a 1964 running mate other than Lyndon Johnson—dubbed Uncle Cornpone by Kennedy and his crowd—and that, following his re-election, he would have gotten the US out of Southeast Asia. Domestically, Clarke contends, Kennedy would have pursued a strong civil-rights agenda…Detailed in both political and personal revelations, JFK’s Last Hundred Days does not delve into the assassination, though the stage is set. The morning they left for Dallas, JFK warned Jackie, ‘We’re heading into nut country today.’”  BookPage
“A fascinating, close-up look at the final dramatic months of a young president's life. Thurston Clarke’s portrait of Kennedy is masterful in this compelling convergence of history and biography.” Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos and former op-ed columnist for the New York Times
“Clarke makes the drama, the excitement, and the dark side of Camelot seem like only yesterday—indeed, you feel as though you’re right there, in the Kennedy White House, at Hyannis Port, and aboard Air Force One with JFK, today.” Strobe Talbott, president, Brookings Institution

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Author Bio: Thurston Clarke

Author Bio: Thurston Clarke

Thurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. His Pearl Harbor Ghosts was the basis of a CBS documentary and his bestselling Lost Hero, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. A recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, among other awards, he lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 14.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English