The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography (Paperback)Michael J. Hogan (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 345
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 151 x 22 mm
'This thoughtfully conceived, shrewdly argued, and elegantly written book explores JFK's presidency as performance art, analyzes family control of Kennedy's public memory, and shows that the martyred president's legacy still intrigues today.' W. J. Rorabaugh, University of Washington, Seattle
'Michael J. Hogan has given us a fascinating look not just at the afterlife of President Kennedy, but at how we memorialize - in our evolving histories and unfolding memories - leaders who touch our soul.' Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
'Hogan thoughtfully analyzes the enduring 'afterlife' of intellectual and emotional attachment to John and Jaqueline Kennedy: the painstaking crafting of the funeral and commemorative events, the drama of the final resting place, and the controversies over authorized biographies, libraries and museums, and layers of historical analysis.' Edward T. Linenthal, author of The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
'John and Jacqueline Kennedy's own carefully constructed 'Kennedy brand' became central to the president's 'afterlife' in historical memory. This book examines the construction of the Kennedy style, assesses the dramatic symbolic effects of the president's tragic death, and dissects how the remembrance of Kennedy generated controversies during and after the 1960s. It provides a highly readable account of the struggles over Kennedy's memory and analyzes the 'heritage industry' that profited from the popular memory of the dead president. A fascinating read - highly recommended for scholars and general readers alike!' Emily S. Rosenberg, author of A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory
'In this imaginative and provocative work, Michael J. Hogan has provided us with a much-needed study of JFK the icon. Kennedy's memory, constructed and reconstructed, remains a powerful cultural and political force to this day.' Randall B. Woods, University of Arkansas and author of LBJ: Architect of American Ambition
'Michael J. Hogan, one of America's foremost Cold War historians, brilliantly analyzes how our 35th president still burns brightly in the hearts and minds of his countrymen. The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is an eye-opening homage revealing why JFK still carries emotional clout for the public-at-large. Highly recommended!' Douglas Brinkley, Rice University, Texas and CNN Presidential Historian
'Hogan offers a lively new perspective on both the Kennedy administration and its evolving reputation over time. Full of compelling detail and insightful analysis, the manuscript is a though-provoking and enjoyable read. Few authors have taken on JFK in such an imaginative manner.' Robert Mason, University of Edinburgh
'Hogan's book is overwhelmingly well-researched and documented. ... the narratives and insights are solid.' David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News
'Jacqueline Kennedy is also the central figure in Michael J. Hogan's new study ... The most useful portion ... is Hogan's sine-curving of three historical waves that have carried Kennedy's memory through the past fifty-four years.' Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker
'Hogan's book, The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography, is very readable and well researched. It addresses how Kennedy moved from history into memory, the ongoing battles between what history would be revealed vs. concealed, and the tensions between promoting JFK's style that so captivated people vs. the substance of his policies. The book offers a fascinating window into why John F. Kennedy remains so popular today.' Mike Purdy, Presidential History
'Hogan has produced a definitive biography of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and an exposition of how he has become memorialized as an iconic figure in the national memory. Highly recommended.' B. Osborne, Choice
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