The Cinematic Kennedy: Thirteen Days and the Burnishing of an Image

  • Mark White
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series


John F. Kennedy’s presidential tenure lasted barely more than one thousand days but the substantial body of historical scholarship on his life and times makes him one of the most written about of all America’s presidents. Of central importance in the study of Kennedy has been to evaluate whether his policies as president were well conceived and effectively implemented. In the international arena, no example of his decision making was more important than his management of the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, the most dangerous episode in the history of the Cold War. The price of failure would have been superpower conflict, perhaps even nuclear war that would have cost many millions of lives and unimaginable devastation.


Presidential Campaign Soviet Leader Cuban Missile Crisis American Popular Culture Great President 
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