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Thurston Clarke - Author

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JFK's Last Hundred Days An Intimate Portrait of a Great President

JFK's Last Hundred Days An Intimate Portrait of a Great President

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Poignant, fascinating, entertaining and informative ...reminds us exactly how much did happen in that time span and of how many tantalising hints he left behind . (Financial Times). Brilliantly captures Kennedy's entire life through the prism of his final months ...the hero, like the devil, is in the detail . (Mark Mason, Spectator, Books of the Year). Wonderfully vivid . (Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times). A vivid portrait of Kennedy as an immensely complex human being: by turns detached and charismatic, a hard-nosed politician and a closet romantic, cautious in his decision making but reckless in his womanizing . (Michicko Kakutani, New York Times). A superb piece of writing - richly detailed and, considering that the end is all too well known, surprisingly enthralling . (Frank Gannon, Wall Street Journal). The great merit of Clarke's account is that it encompasses both sides of Kennedy: the statesman and the chancer; the moralist and the opportunist . (David Runciman, New Statesman). A superb book ...has the ominousness of a Shakespearean tragedy . (Roger Lewis, Daily Mail).

Other books by Thurston Clarke

JFK's Last Hundred Days An Intimate Portrait of a Great President

JFK's Last Hundred Days An Intimate Portrait of a Great President

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Poignant, fascinating, entertaining and informative ...reminds us exactly how much did happen in that time span and of how many tantalising hints he left behind . (Financial Times). Brilliantly captures Kennedy's entire life through the prism of his final months ...the hero, like the devil, is in the detail . (Mark Mason, Spectator, Books of the Year). Wonderfully vivid . (Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times). A vivid portrait of Kennedy as an immensely complex human being: by turns detached and charismatic, a hard-nosed politician and a closet romantic, cautious in his decision making but reckless in his womanizing . (Michicko Kakutani, New York Times). A superb piece of writing - richly detailed and, considering that the end is all too well known, surprisingly enthralling . (Frank Gannon, Wall Street Journal). The great merit of Clarke's account is that it encompasses both sides of Kennedy: the statesman and the chancer; the moralist and the opportunist . (David Runciman, New Statesman). A superb book ...has the ominousness of a Shakespearean tragedy . (Roger Lewis, Daily Mail).

JFK's Last Hundred Days

JFK's Last Hundred Days

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2013

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK's last hundred days that asks what might have beenFifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy's legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been. As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, JFK's Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president's life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise.Kennedy's last hundred days began just after the death of two-day-old Patrick Kennedy, and during this time, the president made strides in the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, and his personal life. While Jackie was recuperating, the premature infant and his father were flown to Boston for Patrick's treatment. Kennedy was holding his son's hand when Patrick died on August 9, 1963. The loss of his son convinced Kennedy to work harder as a husband and father, and there is ample evidence that he suspended his notorious philandering during these last months of his life.Also in these months Kennedy finally came to view civil rights as a moral as well as a political issue, and after the March on Washington, he appreciated the power of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., for the first time.Though he is often depicted as a devout cold warrior, Kennedy pushed through his proudest legislative achievement in this period, the Limited Test Ban Treaty. This success, combined with his warming relations with Nikita Khrushchev in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, led to a detente that British foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas- Home hailed as the ';beginning of the end of the Cold War.'Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged demands from his advisers and the Pentagon to escalate America's involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy began a reappraisal in the last hundred days that would have led to the withdrawal of all sixteen thousand U.S. militaryadvisers by 1965.JFK's Last Hundred Days is 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 allnot killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.

Ask Not

Ask Not

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2004

A close-up on one of American history's most splendid events, JFK's inaugural week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and brought hope to a nation"e;Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."e; On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency and stood to speak those words, America was divided. Citizens around the world were torn by fears of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg, the most memorable of any 20th-century American politician-did more than reassure: It changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "e;tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself."e; Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the week leading up to the inaugural which stands as one of the most moving spectacles in the history of American politics. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the president at his most dazzlingly charismatic (and cunningly pragmatic). As the snow gradually covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candle-lit festivities, Kennedy-an obsessed perfectionist-pushes himself, his family, and advisors to the limit-to create greatness, to find the words which captured what he most truly believed and, as it happened, which far outlasted his own life. For all who seek to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy, the answer is here. Ask Not explains the phenomenon to the heart and mind.

Islomania A Journey Among the Last Real Islands

Islomania A Journey Among the Last Real Islands

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

ISLOMANIA is not really about the famous fictional castaway at all - it is more about the place he was forced to make his temporary home, and other places like it. Renowned travel writer Thurston Clarke has long been obsessed with islands, an affliction he calls 'islomania', and his new book is a kind of love letter to these little (and not so little) worlds surrounded by sea. Beginning with the accepted model for Robinson Crusoe's remote abode, Mas a Tierra in the Pacific, Clarke then takes us on a hugely enjoyable tour of his favourite islands, exploring their geography, history and culture. From George Orwell's Jura, where he wrote '1984', to the beautiful (but slowly sinking) Maldives in the Indian Ocean, this is a book about some of the most curious and evocative places on earth. And over every island falls the shadow of Crusoe, persuading us that islands are more liberating than confining, more contemplative than lonely, more holy than barbaric . . .

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