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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.

A recent Gallup poll gave JFK the highest job approval rating of any of those successors, and millions remain captivated by his one thousand days in the White House. For all of them, and for those who feel he would not be judged so highly if he hadn''t died tragically in office, The Kennedy Half-Century will be particularly revealing. Sabato 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 significantly, 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.

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On the 50th anniversary of J.F.K.''s assassination, Sabato, professor of political science at the University of Virginia and frequent cable news pundit, offers a clear-eyed evaluation of the Kennedy political legacy. He knowledgeably addresses the early Kennedy career, highlighting the hard-fought Nixon-Kennedy presidential race and the much-discussed debates. Throughout, Sabato notes the differences between politics circa 1960 and now, noting that Kennedy''s Catholicism was controversial and his well-received 1960 speech promising the separation of church and state made contemporary Catholic politician Rick Santorum want to vomit. Sabato also attempts to clear the murky waters surrounding the Kennedy assassination and readers will be interested in his discussion of the vexing question of whether Oswald operated alone, and if not, who else was involved. Sabato is extremely critical of the Warren Commission Report, pointedly judging it a failure, and his synthesis of existing knowledge about the assassination promises to include new revelations presumably supportive of his skepticism. He also discusses concrete successes and failures: the Berlin crisis, the Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The final third of Sabato''s book traces the influence of Kennedy on his presidential successors to round out a timely, well-documented, and measured view of our 35th president. (Nov.)

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“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

“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

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

“If you think you know everything about the Kennedy assassination, you haven''t read Larry Sabato''s book. I urge you to do so!” ―Julian Bond

The Kennedy Half-Century is full of new insights and revelations about a President whose tragic death left so many wondering, "What if?" This is a fascinating examination of the policies he put in place and how they influenced the nine Presidents who followed him into the oval office.” ―Katie Couric

“Ambitious… Sabato is the most prominent political scientist of our age…. a valuable contribution to the literature of the assassination.” ―James Rosen, National Review

“In The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Sabato shows how Kennedy was transformed from a charismatic, if flawed, man into a mythological figure on the scale of Abraham Lincoln. Sabato goes far beyond Kennedy’s presidency to explore how his legacy has affected every president since, particularly Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Most important, Sabato relies on “cutting-edge audio technology” to debunk a key finding of a House committee in 1979 that an open microphone on a Dallas police officer’s motorcycle picked up the sound of a fourth shot ― suggesting the involvement of a second shooter.” ―The Columbus Dispatch

“A timely, well-documented, and measured view of our 35th president.” ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the renowned Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. He has appeared on dozens of national television and radio programs, including 60 Minutes, Today, Hardball, and Nightline. He has coanchored the BBC''s coverage of U.S. presidential returns and inaugurations, and has authored or edited more than a dozen books on American politics, including the highly praised A More Perfect Constitution-Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation. His other books include Feeding Frenzy, about press coverage of politicians; The Rise of Political Consultants; and Barack Obama and the New America. Sabato runs the acclaimed Crystal Ball website, which has the most comprehensive and accurate record of election analysis in the country. In 2001, the University of Virginia gave him its highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Enrollment is now open for a free JFK course online with Professor Sabato at www.coursera.org/course/kennedy

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Required for students of 1960s and 1990s
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2018
Whether you like JFK or not. Whether you hate Clinton or love the Bush administration. This is definitely required read8 bff for both a political, social and cultural, and I believe well balanced analyses of American History from 1952-2013.
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fascinating
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2014
so much interesting information. Much more than I ever knew about Kennedy and his shocking death. I was 20 at the time and it was like an unbelievable dream. I was in college at the time and it was so so sad watching students walking around crying. This book goes into... See more
so much interesting information. Much more than I ever knew about Kennedy and his shocking death. I was 20 at the time and it was like an unbelievable dream. I was in college at the time and it was so so sad watching students walking around crying. This book goes into such depth about the assassination and the aftermath and the terrible botched investigation. Its truly fascinating. and you learn so much about the politics and the history of the era. I HIGHLY recommend it.
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Kennedy History - True to the mark about the political life of a great president.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2013
Whether one is a Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated, the reader will enjoy this book. There will be critics who have issues with bits and pieces, but it a straight-forward look at the man - warts and all. He was a great president and his vision is one for the ages. He... See more
Whether one is a Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated, the reader will enjoy this book. There will be critics who have issues with bits and pieces, but it a straight-forward look at the man - warts and all. He was a great president and his vision is one for the ages. He was a leader - he brought both sides to the table for good of the country.; Dr. Sabato has written one of the most important nonfiction works about President Kennedy.
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I''ve read a few Kennedy books and this one is the best
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2013
Apologies to Bill O''Reilly but this is the best Kennedy book I''ve read. While it doesn''t go into Kennedy''s early years it does cover his political life, tragic assassination, the post-assassination period but, most importantly, covers the Kennedy influence on his... See more
Apologies to Bill O''Reilly but this is the best Kennedy book I''ve read. While it doesn''t go into Kennedy''s early years it does cover his political life, tragic assassination, the post-assassination period but, most importantly, covers the Kennedy influence on his successors. One often overlooked factoid on page 265 discusses the fact that Johnson took full advantage of Kennedy''s death to get the Civil Rights Act passed with 63% of Democrat and 81% (!) Republican votes.
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This was a great read and lots of information that I had either ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
I''m becoming a real Sabato fan. This was a great read and lots of information that I had either forgotten or never knew. It is well written and an easy read. It gets hard to put down, especially in the first half when he rediscovers, for you, the events leading up to and... See more
I''m becoming a real Sabato fan. This was a great read and lots of information that I had either forgotten or never knew. It is well written and an easy read. It gets hard to put down, especially in the first half when he rediscovers, for you, the events leading up to and just after the assassination. This would also be a good read for someone too young to remember the actual event.It really puts you there.
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My times, interwoven with classic history beautifully written
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2013
I was in 6th grade, 11-1/2 years old when Kennedy was assassinated. Born and Raised in a family that often discussed politics at the table, with a father who served as an appointed county official, I found Sabato''s book marvelously nuanced. History, as it relates to each of... See more
I was in 6th grade, 11-1/2 years old when Kennedy was assassinated. Born and Raised in a family that often discussed politics at the table, with a father who served as an appointed county official, I found Sabato''s book marvelously nuanced. History, as it relates to each of us personally, often seems so intimate and evocative, and this book is no exception.

Sabato is a professor of history and political science, and highly respected in his field. I really appreciated the fact that the book portrayed Kennedy evenly, without prejudice, with his personal foibles, health-problems, money-motivated family, and all. There were no great revelations to me, having been raised as I was, and being a "Kennedyphobe" or "Kennedyophile," but I felt enriched and in touch with my own history. I was so glad to read this book, and know that Sabato (who is about the same age as I am) remembers the same things, has done in-depth research, and wrote with great skill, a volume that anyone can pick up and delve into.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an unbiased look at a legend, whether you are inclined to read history, are a young adult, or just want something to stimulate your thinking.
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Well done
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
Definitely worth your time to read it.
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JFK and "Camelot" Legacy Revealed
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2013
This is clearly the best well researched book regarding JFK to date, plus it is written in such an interesting manner that you don''t want to put the book down. Dr. Sabato, a Rhodes Scholar and Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia, is a gifted... See more
This is clearly the best well researched book regarding JFK to date, plus it is written in such an interesting manner that you don''t want to put the book down. Dr. Sabato, a Rhodes Scholar and Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia, is a gifted writer. He not only personally visited the assassination site, but he interviewed significant witnesses who were there that day and whom had previously been overlooked by other writers as well as the Warren Commission. The book is much more than a rehash of details of Kennedy''s life and death. Foremost, it puts in perspective the influence that JFK''s presidency has had on every president and administration in the ensuing fifty years. The paradox of Kennedy''s "Camelot" coinciding with the nation''s closest approach to WWIII and nuclear holocaust is not overlooked. It is truly a remarkable tome that is both easy reading as well as of interest to all scholars of the period. Fascinating details of the Kennedy era definitely make this a MUST READ! .
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Tim Truett
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Excellent.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2013
Well read, excellently researched, interesting from cover to cover. Excellent treatment as well of not only the assassination but of the failing (and reasons for failings) of the various investigations and the theories of conspiracies. But the strength and uniqueness of...See more
Well read, excellently researched, interesting from cover to cover. Excellent treatment as well of not only the assassination but of the failing (and reasons for failings) of the various investigations and the theories of conspiracies. But the strength and uniqueness of this book is its focus on the Kennedy legacy as it affected the politics, policies and (most importantly) the language of each of the next electorial cycles and the resulting presidencies. For those who love references, the footnotes and bibliography are excellent and a source of hours (hell, weeks!) of further reading. Highly recommended.
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Five Stars
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A bag of rubbish
Reviewed in Australia on July 24, 2016
Vastly disappointing. I bought this book to gain more insight into times that shaped my youth. For the first few pages I thought I had paid for nothing more than another Kennedy hagiography: then I realised that what I had was something that looked like a scholarly work...See more
Vastly disappointing. I bought this book to gain more insight into times that shaped my youth. For the first few pages I thought I had paid for nothing more than another Kennedy hagiography: then I realised that what I had was something that looked like a scholarly work with detailed references and footnotes but was interspersed with salacious gossip without any reference to fact. This book is a big fraud. Don''t waste your time and money.
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Has to be the best "Kennedy" book yet!
Reviewed in Canada on December 5, 2013
Have been following the Kennedy saga for the 50 years since his death and prior! Fascinating book, and excellent material. Thanks Professor Sabato!
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The Kennedy Half-century
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2014
It is a well written comprehensive study of the Kennedy assassination. It weighs up all the information and comments upon it dispassionately. There are so many conspiracy theories but these are examined and evaluated. I bought it because of newspapers reviews which said...See more
It is a well written comprehensive study of the Kennedy assassination. It weighs up all the information and comments upon it dispassionately. There are so many conspiracy theories but these are examined and evaluated. I bought it because of newspapers reviews which said that this was the best book written to commemorate the 50th anniversary and I agree with those reviews.
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