Fredrik Logevall, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

Please join us virtually for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with Fredrik Logevall, author of the acclaimed new biography of John F. Kennedy, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Centry, 1917-1956. Mr. Logevall will be interviewed by our very own Jon Grand. This event is free and open to the public but you must register HERE . We respectfully request that you purchase your copy of Mr. Logevall's book from The Book Stall if you attend this event. 

About the Book: By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War era. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had ascended the ranks of Boston's labyrinthine political machine, Kennedy was bred for government, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest president ever cemented his status as one of the most mythologized political figures in American history. And yet, in the decades since his untimely death, hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have made our 35th president more mysterious than ever--a problem further exacerbated by the fact that no genuinely comprehensive account of his life has yet been attempted. Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent seven years searching for the "real" JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that, for the first time, properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. Beginning with the three generations of Kennedy men and women who transformed the clan from working-class Irish immigrants to members of Boston's political elite, Volume One spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK's life, from sickly second son to restless Harvard undergraduate and World War II hero, through his ascendance on Capitol Hill and, finally, his decision to run for president. In chronicling Kennedy's extraordinary life and times, Logevall offers the clearest portrait we have of an iconic, yet still elusive, American president.

About the Author: Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign-relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.

About Jon Grand: Jon is an passionate student of history and a voracious reader. He's interviewed a wide variety of authors, both live and via our Crowdcast events.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:30pm

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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997132
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, thirty-fifth president.