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Gabriela Orruego 21309 HIST 1306 4/10/16 1,497 words Burner, David. John F. Kennedy and a New Generation. Third edition. New York: Pearson Longman , 2009, 210 pp. John F. Kennedy and A New Generation by David Burner is a biography of the late 35 th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Burner talks about Kennedy’s short presidency and even his life before his political career. The author explains Kennedy’s background and how that may have influenced his executive decisions. The book goes into details about important foreign affair events during his presidency like the Cuban Missile crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement at home and how he went about resolving them. The biography focuses on JFK’s presidential term, the struggles, triumphs, and defeats he faced. The author’s purpose for writing this book seems to be to highlight important events that are significant to JFK’s presidency and explain how Kennedy handled those situations and not only how it shaped and affected him but affected America as well. In the book, Burner covers the major key moments of Kennedy’s presidency. Burner presents everything in chronological order, beginning with JFK’s rise to presidency and the difficulties he faced, like being a Catholic Irish-American and his struggles with his health. Burner then goes into how Kennedy handled the Bay of Pigs fiasco as the new president, where he was “Faced with the seemingly insoluble problem of not knowing how to disband the guerillas, Kennedy in early April 1961 gave his approval for the Cuban assault” (Burner, pg. 74). He then talks about the Berlin Wall issues and Cuban missile crisis. He talks about Kennedy and the Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev meeting where the “Russians were planning to renounce the original allied plans agreed to at the Potsdam Conference in June 1945” (Burner, pg. 82). He
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follows up that chapter by talking about the Cuban missile crisis and how “in 1962, Castro and the Russians agreed to the secret installation of Soviet missiles on the island” (Burner, pg. 98).
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