John F. Kennedy: His Life and Legacy

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9780060541361: John F. Kennedy: His Life and Legacy

President John F. Kennedy lived an extraordinary life. He was awarded a Purple Heart for bravery in World War II. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles In Courage. He was the youngest man ever elected president and the first president born in the twentieth century.His commitment to civil rights and his efforts to limit the use of nuclear weapons changed American life. President John F. Kennedy’s life and, sadly, his early death, are part of history.

A voracious reader of biographies, President Kennedy has fittingly been the subject of many volumes himself. When asked why he enjoyed reading biographies, President Kennedy replied, "Because they answer the question 'What's he like?'"

In attempting to answer that question, author Shelley Sommer presents John F. Kennedy in his many roles -- as a boy, a young man, a war hero, a politician, a husband, a father, and finally a president. This look at John F. Kennedy, illustrated with photos from the Kennedy Family Collection and the Kennedy Library, gives young readers a look at a dynamic man whose personality and politics helped to shape the twentieth century and continue to influence American life today.

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About the Author:

Shelley Sommer worked for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation for fifteen years, first as the director of public relations and then as the director of the Profile in Courage Award. Ms. Sommer is currently a graduate student at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. She lives with her husband and son on the South Shore of Massachusetts. This is her first book.

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Grade 4-8–An engaging portrait of our 35th president. In discussing his curious mind, his love of reading, and his sense of humor, Sommer creates an empathetic connection with readers early in the book. She describes her subject's privileged childhood and large Irish family and explains how he used his World War II experiences, especially his role in the PT-109 incident, to connect with a largely poor and middle-class population when he successfully ran for Congress and six years later for the Senate. The author notes that the 1960 presidential campaign was the first in which television played an important role. In addressing his legacy, she notes that Kennedy liked big ideas, and while many were not fulfilled during his term, some, especially the Civil Rights Act, were passed soon after his death. In an easy-to-read style, Sommer does a fine job of painting an interesting and sympathetic picture of a leader who left his mark. The book includes lots of black-and-white photos, a time line, Kennedy's inaugural address, a sampling of quotations, and detailed notes. A solid choice for general reading as well as for reports.–Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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