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The Kennedy Circle: A New Powerful Masculine Mystique

Kennedy Circle

by Steven Watts In 1959 JFK stood as a youthful political leader, with an allure more akin to that of a movie star or popular singer at the forefront of a movement to overcome a crisis of masculinity in postwar

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When JFK Endorsed The Ugly American

Ugly American

by Steven Watts In the crisis of masculinity that preoccupied so many in late 1950s America, a few beacons of hope pierced the gloominess. Cosmopolitan, in its 1957 special issue examining the conundrums of the modern American male, included a

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John F. Kennedy: The Total Politician

1956 campaign button – part of the hastily-assembled material used to boost JFK for the VP slot at the DNC. Image is in the public domain via

by John T. Shaw John F. Kennedy The political career of John F. Kennedy skyrocketed in 1956. Through a mixture of careful planning, hard work, tough-minded organization, and remarkably good fortune, Kennedy catapulted from promising politician to potential star. There

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Reasons for the Cuban Missile Crisis

Herald Tribune 10-29-1962

by Patrick Sloyan One of my goals in writing The Politics of Deception: JFK’S Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Cuba and Civil Rights, is to rehabilitate Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. History recalls Khrushchev as a dangerous buffoon who underestimated President John F.

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John F Kennedy in Office: Tips for Today’s Senate

JFK brochure

John T. Shaw If Senator John F Kennedy in office was faced with the U.S. Senate of 2015, he would not recognize it with its frequent filibusters, fierce partisanship, and increasingly homogenous political parties in which few conservative Democrats and

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