JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency

JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency

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Before John F. Kennedy became a legendary young president he was the junior senator from Massachusetts. The Senate was where JFK's presidential ambitions were born and first realized. In the first book to deal exclusively with JFK's Senate years, author John T. Shaw looks at how the young Senator was able to catapult himself on the national stage. Tip O'Neill once quipped that Kennedy received more publicity for less accomplishment than anyone in Congress. But O'Neill didn't understand that Kennedy saw a different path to congressional influence and ultimately the presidency. Unlike Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic leader in the Senate, JFK never aspired to be qThe Master of the Senateq who made deals and kept the institution under his control. Instead, he envisioned himself as a qHistorian-Scholar-Statesmanq in the mold of his hero Winston Churchill which he realized with the 1957 publication of Profiles of Courage that earned JFK a Pulitzer Prize and public limelight. Smart, dashing, irreverent and literary, the press could not get enough of him. Yet, largely overlooked has been Kennedy's tenure on a special Senate committee to identify the five greatest senators in American historya€”JFK's work on this special panel coalesced his relationships in Congress, and helped catapult him toward the presidency. Based on primary documents from JFK's Senate years as well as memoirs, oral histories, and interviews with his top aides, JFK in the Senate provides new insight into an underappreciated aspect of his political career.They should be chosen without regard to their service in other offices, they should be distinguished for acts of ... disappeared in the wings of oblivion, a€ proclaimed George Galloway from the Library of Congressa#39;s Legislative Research Service.

Title:JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency
Author: John T. Shaw
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-10-15

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