barronsVIRTUAL - May 5 - "JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917 - 1956" by Harvard Professor Fredrik Logevall

A thorough look at the formative decades (and Harvard years) of JFK's life and times.

Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person.

Beckoned by this gap in our knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent much of the last decade searching for the “real” JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. This volume spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK’s life—from birth through his decision to run for president—to reveal his early relationships, his formative experiences during WWII, his ideas, his writings, his political aspirations. In examining these pre–White House years, Logevall shows us a more serious, independently minded Kennedy than we’ve previously known, whose distinct international sensibility would prepare him to enter national politics at a critical moment in modern U.S. history.

Along the way, Logevall tells the parallel story of America’s midcentury rise. As Kennedy comes of age, we see the charged debate between isolationists and interventionists in the years before Pearl Harbor; the tumult of the Second World War, through which the United States emerged as a global colossus; the outbreak and spread of the Cold War; the domestic politics of anti-Communism and the attendant scourge of McCarthyism; the growth of television’s influence on politics; and more.

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956 is a sweeping history of the United States in the middle decades of the twentieth century, as well as the clearest portrait we have of this enigmatic American icon.


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  Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University.
  He is the author or editor of ten books, most recently JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century (Random House, 2020). He won the Pulitzer      Prize for History for Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House, 2012). Logevall's essays and       
  reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The London Review of Books,
  and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  NOTE: To join the Webinar, you will need to RSVP below, and a link for the  session will be sent to you 24-48 hours in advance of the talk. 


Date: Wednesday May 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: Webinar
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Cost: Free.
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