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JFK in the Senate

The Pathway To The Presidency

By John Shaw, 1957-

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 "The Master of the Senate" who made deals and kept the institution under his control. Instead, he envisioned himself as a "Historian-Scholar-Statesman" 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 history—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.


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2013

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9780230341838


Format: Book
Author: Shaw, John, 1957-
Title: JFK in the Senate : the pathway to the presidency / John T. Shaw.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Subject: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography. Legislators -- United States -- Biography Presidents -- United States -- Biography United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961
Isbn: 9780230341838 (hbk.) 0230341837 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Shaw, John, 1957-
Title: JFK in the Senate : the pathway to the presidency / John T. Shaw.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Description: xi, 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Subjects: United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
Subjects: Legislators -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-222) and index.
Contents: The unveiling -- Congressman Kennedy -- The 1952 campaign -- The Senate of the 1950s -- Senator Kennedy and the home front -- The high realm of foreign affairs -- The scholarly senator -- The Kennedy Committee -- The total politician -- The high court of history -- The footprints of Senator John F. Kennedy.
LCCN: 2013009905
ISBN: 9780230341838 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0230341837 (hbk.)
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Call Number: B Kennedy