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--Ask what you can do for your country : the memory and legacy of John F. Kennedy
Fleming, Daniel B.
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Clearwater, FL : Vandamere Press, [2002]

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xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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E842.9 .F546 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Where were you at 1:30 P.M. EST November 22, 1963? Most Americans over the age of 45 know, just as almost all Americans over the age of 65 can tell you where they were on December 7, 1941, and Americans over the age of 6 can tell you where they were on September 11, 2001. Vandamere Press is very pleased to offer this all new collection of vignettes from over 100 people dealing with their immediate reaction to JFK's assassination, their memories of JFK, as well as his significance to their lives. The assembled memories are from the famous and not-so-famous, including politicians, civil rights leaders, actors, artists, journalists, Peace Corps Volunteers, members of the President's Secret Service detachment, the soldier that played taps at Arlington for the Kennedy funeral, Americans at home and abroad, and citizens of countries from around the world. Many of the vignettes include personal recollections and stories about the president, while other contributors focus on their role in the final days of the president and his funeral. Among the many notable contributors to the book are Gerald Ford, William Fulbright, Myrlie Evers, James Michener, Father Hesburgh, John Glenn, Jeane Dixon, Cliff Robertson, Barry Goldwater, James Farmer, Margaret Chase Smith, Mrs. Edward R. Morrow, Evelyn Lincoln, Lena Horne, Rowland Evans, Margaret Truman, and Chris Kraft. Complete with photographs and illustrations,...Ask What You Can Do For Your Country, is a book not to be missed, and a welcome addition to Kennedy and Cold War collections.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The famous psychic Jeanne Dixon predicted the death of John F. Kennedy. She begged friends of the president to warn him away from Dallas on November 22, 1963. Tragically, her prediction came true. This recollection and others regarding that fateful day, from politicians, friends, soldiers and ordinary people, form this collection. It is filled with often surprising details that dispel much of our common knowledge about that day. Political adversary Barry Goldwater, who greatly admired Kennedy, was attending the funeral of his mother-in-law, not giving a political speech (as Walter Cronkite reported), on the day of Kennedy's funeral. Another politician from the opposite side of the aisle, Gerald Ford, also admired Kennedy for his service to his country as well as for his charm and intelligence. The pilot of Air Force One tells of ripping rows of seats out of the plane so that the casket could be placed with the passengers rather than in the cargo hold. And Sgt. Keith Clark, the bugler who played taps at Kennedy's funeral, recounts the first bad note of his career, a sound the world heard as a symbolic sob. This gathering of memories by Fleming, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, is refreshingly lacking in controversy, instead filled with admiration and fondness for Kennedy, and with curiosity about what his presidency might have meant for the country had he lived. B&w photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved