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Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power

by William Stadiem In post-WWII Paris, Madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters. The names on her client list were epic—Kennedy,

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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

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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