Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure

It s been fifty years since JFK s assassination and nearly twenty since Ronald Reagan disappeared from public life While they never ran head to head, they developed their legacies in competing ways and those legacies battle each other even today The story of one illuminates the other, and explains our expectations for the presidency and whom we elect Even though one isIt s been fifty years since JFK s assassination and nearly twenty since Ronald Reagan disappeared from public life While they never ran head to head, they developed their legacies in competing ways and those legacies battle each other even today The story of one illuminates the other, and explains our expectations for the presidency and whom we elect Even though one is the model Democrat and the other the model Republican, their appeal is now bipartisan Republicans quote Kennedy to justify tax cuts or aggressive national defense Democrats use Reagan s pragmatism to shame Republicans into supporting tax increases and compromise Partly a comparative biography that explores John F Kennedy s and Ronald Reagan s contemporaneous lives from birth until 1960, Scott Farris s follow up to his widely praised Almost President shows how the experiences, attitudes, and skills developed by each man later impacted his presidency Farris also tackles the key issues civil rights, foreign affairs, etc that impacted each man s time in office How did previous life experiences form their views on these issues, and how do their dealings around each issue compare and contrast Bookended by an examination of their standing in public opinion and how that has influenced subsequent politicians, plus an exploration of how the assassination of Kennedy and attempted assassination of Reagan colored our memories, this book also shows how aides, friends and families of each man have burnished their reputations long after their presidencies ended.
Kennedy and Reagan Why Their Legacies Endure It s been fifty years since JFK s assassination and nearly twenty since Ronald Reagan disappeared from public life While they never ran head to head they developed their legacies in competing ways an

  • Title: Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure
  • Author: Scott Farris
  • ISBN: 9780762781447
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure”

    1. My biggest problem with this book is that the title is incredibly misleading. I wanted something about their legacies (and why they endure) but instead I got a very tedious comparison of their histories and personal lives. I learned about their relationships with their moms, their school years, Reagan's dad's alcoholism, their religious beliefs, their relationships with their wives and girlfriends, and basically everything except how they developed in the womb.By the time it got to the political [...]

    2. I won this in a first reads giveaway. I requested this book because on the surface Kennedy and Reagan are the LAST two Presidents who I would think had anything in common. The author did a wonderful job of proving me wrong. He gives an especially good example of common ground when he talks about the speeches they gave and how every election the candidates try to fill their shoes and fail miserably.

    3. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged from cover to cover. Reagan and Kennedy were two of America's most popular presidents. This book embraces those feelings. A must read for all. Thank you GR and Scott Farris!

    4. The author makes this initial comparison between Kennedy and Reagan:"The issues Kennedy and Reagan grappled with during their presidencies were largely the same: avoiding nuclear conflict and blunting the expansion of Communism, finding the appropriate role of the federal government in ensuring civil rights, and promoting economic growth, particularly through tax policy. They shared many of the same basic principles, including an unwavering faith that America could do anything it chose to do, wh [...]

    5. What could have been a party game of listing coincidental links between Kennedy and Reagan turned out to be quite meaningful. By comparing the two men and their alliance, he is able to compare the cultures in which they grew up with our own era. He goes beyond likenesses we would suspect, such as assassination attempts on both and their handsome, telegenic appearance, to highlight the transitory childhoods of both, and the influence that hard-driving fathers had on both, despite the differences [...]

    6. Mr. Farris engages in what he terms comparative biography - a kind of limited literary channel surfing. When you tire of reading about Kennedy, he turns your attention to Reagan. The author's conclusion that the primary reason why these two figures have become the patron saints of their respective political parties is that each was at his his best in a crisis situation and that the Cold War provided both with their share of weighty crises during which they could appear presidential. This would g [...]

    7. Educational + entertainingEducational + entertainingI found the parallels interesting and informational between the two men. I also felt a few bubbles of fantasy burst about a hero with feet of clay. I'm not sure if I agree with the premises presented in the book, but I definitely will continue to explore them.

    8. This is a very interesting book comparing Presidents Kennedy and Reagan. It goes into their views on Communism, the military, and society. It also attempts to show why these two held those beliefs. While this is not a biography of either, it is still very readable for those who like either president.

    9. I didn't realize Kennedy & Reagan had so much in common! Very interesting book but I skipped most of the chapter on financial stuff during their presidency because it was a little slow (or I was lost). Reagan is one of my favorite presidents and I'm always interested in the Kennedy mystique so it made for a fun book. A little slow in parts.

    10. I teach Kennedy's philosophy in my civics class at Kyung Hee University, and I never realized that JFK and Reagan were so much alike! I recommended this book to one of my students who is doing a presentation on JFK and civil rights. A charming book and I highly recommend it!

    11. This is an interesting book. I would never haveThought to compare these liberal and conservative Heroes. They are much more alike than either of their respective backers would like to believe.

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