What Do I Read Next?
The classic Democracy in America, originally published in 1835, is the work of the French writer Alexis de Toqueville, who came to the United States in 1830 primarily to study the prison system. What he learned far exceeded his expectations, and his observations of American life and politics continue to be studied today by students of history and politics.
James N. Giglio has written more than one book about Kennedy. In The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (1992), he presents an unbiased view of Kennedy’s term in the White House. Giglio does not shy away from the ugly sides of the presidency, nor does he deny the successes and cultural impact of President Kennedy.
Written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, The Federalist Papers (first published in 1788) contains the arguments set forth by these early statesmen in support of the proposed Constitution. Hamilton, Jay, and Madison applaud the document as the foundation of a government that respects the inherent rights of its citizens.
Mary Beth Norton’s Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750–1800 (1996) provides an overview of the role of women in early America. It serves as a complementary text to Kennedy’s review of American statesmen.
Herbert Parmet’s 1983 Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy provides an overview of the many difficulties Kennedy faced throughout his political career. The book also contains Parmet’s case that Profiles in Courage was ghostwritten.
Richard Reeves’s President Kennedy: Profile in Power (1994) introduces newly released documents in a behind-the-scenes look into Kennedy’s administration. Reeves strives to portray Kennedy as he really was, complete with strengths and flaws. This book offers a thorough look at Kennedy’s presidency from the well-known events to the lesser-known political and personal developments.