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The Kennedy Imprisonment : a meditation on power
Wills, Garry, 1934-
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323 pages ; 18 cm
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Includes index.
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From one of America's foremost historians, The Kennedy Imprisonment is the definitive historical and psychological analysis of the Kennedy clan. The winner of a Pulitzer Prize, Garry Wills reveals a family that enjoyed public adulation but provided fluctuating leadership, that experienced both unparalleled fame and odd failures, and whose basic values ensnared its men in their own myths of success and masculinity. In the end, Wills reveals that the the Kennedys' crippling conception of power touched every part of their public and private lives, including their relationships with women and world leaders. Sometimes gossipy, sometimes philosophical, The Kennedy Imprisonment is a book that is as true, insightful, and relevant as ever. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80.

Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books.

Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

(Bowker Author Biography) Garry Wills is a Pulitzer-prize winning historian and cultural critic. A former professor of Greek at Yale University, his many books include Lincoln at Gettysburg, Reagan's America, Witches and Jesuits, and a biography of Saint Augustine. He lives in Evanston, Indiana.

(Publisher Provided) Garry Wills is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Mariner Editionp. xi
Prologue: Brothersp. 3
Part 1 Sex
1. The Fatherp. 15
2. The Presidentp. 27
3. Sisters and Wivesp. 39
4. The Prisoner of Sexp. 51
Part 2 Family
5. Semi-Irishp. 61
6. Semi-Englishp. 72
7. Honorary Kennedysp. 84
8. Ghostsp. 99
9. The Prisoner of Familyp. 111
Part 3 Image
10. Creating the Kennedysp. 127
11. Stylep. 140
12. The Prisoner of Imagep. 151
Part 4 Charisma
13. Counterinsurgency at Homep. 163
14. Enjoy! Enjoy!p. 175
15. Delegitimationp. 188
16. Veralltaglichungp. 199
17. The Prisoner of Charismap. 207
Part 5 Power
18. Bulldog! Bulldog!p. 219
19. The Midas Touchp. 232
20. "Learning"p. 242
21. "Triumph"p. 255
22. "Restraint"p. 264
23. Charismatic Nationp. 275
24. The Prisoner of Powerp. 286
Epilogue: Brotherhoodp. 297
Indexp. 305