One Brief Shining Moment: Remembering Kennedy

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9780316544917: One Brief Shining Moment: Remembering Kennedy

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The book was important when it was first published, but now fills a new role as an antidote to the wave of political disillusionment in America.

William Manchester was an adjunct professor of history and writer-in-residence at Wesleyan University, as well as author of Portrait of a President, and The Death of a President. But before that, he was friends with John F. Kennedy for nearly two decades, and in this book he puts aside the glaring tragedy of JFK's death to celebrate the brightness of his life.

Manchester recalls in intimate detail everything from family gatherings at Hyannis Port, to grueling campaign trips, and quiet evenings alone with the President in the White House family quarters. The resulting portrait provides listeners with myriad anecdotes and insights into a life of a man that bristled with vigor, competitiveness, and an unflagging drive for excellence, and shone with elegance, intelligence, and compassion.

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William Manchester (1922-2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, historian, and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multivolume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

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Addison's aristocratic tenor is a great match for this audiobook about John F. Kennedy, one of the best-known members of America's aristocracy. Manchester's book is not a dispassionate academic biography; rather, it is in the mold of a Greek paean--a hymn of praise about a famous figure. Manchester had a personal connection to JFK and tells intimate stories about him. This audiobook focuses on the highlights of Kennedy's life and his presidency and defends JFK against criticism. Addison's reading communicates the many emotions that Manchester displays in this text. M.L.C. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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