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Books Relating to John F. Kennedy

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7270 . [Kennedy, John F.] Hersey, John. A Reporter at Large: Survival (pages 27-38, New Yorker Magazine, Vol. XX, No. 18, June 17, 1944) .
Click for larger imageNew York: F. R. Publishing Corporation, 1944. Quarto, Magazine , color & black and white illustrations, ads , 72 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     This is a complete, original issue of the 'New Yorker' magazine containing the first appearance of John Hersey's story of John F. Kennedy and PT-109. Hersey was a Kennedy family friend, and this article was crucial in establishing the war hero image that launched JFK's political career in 1946. The PT boat Kennedy commanded in the Pacific was rammed by a Japanese destroyer and sunk in 1943. While there was no doubt that young Lt. Kennedy acted with heroism after the sinking, many veteran PT commanders suspected that negligence caused the incident in the first place since a PT boat was much faster and more maneuverable than a large destroyer. Indeed, this is the only time a PT-boat was sunk after being rammed by the enemy in World War II. This 'New Yorker' appearance is unabridged and more scarce than the condensed 'Reader's Digest' version published two months later. This copy of the magazine remains complete and in very good condition. No significant wear other than a slight roll to spine. A handsome example of this essential Kennedy item.  

Book #7270
$250.00    order or inquire WW2 World War II John F. Kennedy Pt-109 pt-boats Japanese Pacific Theater Naval Warfare Political Ephemera

2996 . [Kennedy, John F.] Hersey, John. Survival: From a PT base in the Solomons comes this nightmare epic of the will-to-live (Reader's Digest, v. 45, August 1944, pages 75-80) .
Click for larger imagePleasantville: Reader's Digest Assoc., Inc., 1944. Duodecimo, Magazine , 128 pages. Condition: Near fine.
     Complete issue of Reader's Digest magazine containing John Hersey's story of John F. Kennedy and PT-109. To put it simply, this is the article that launched Kennedy's political career. Hersey, a Kennedy family friend, first published this flattering account in the 'New Yorker.' But Joe Kennedy, unhappy with the New Yorker's relatively small circulation, pressed editor Paul Palmer for this appearance in the much more widely read 'Reader's Digest.' It was a shrewd move, and this condensed version of the PT-109 incident proved crucial to Kennedy's early political success. Indeed, this version was reprinted for each of JFK's subsequent campaigns, including his 1960 presidential run. As to the story itself, few would argue that young Lt. Kennedy acted heroically in his efforts to rescue his men after his PT boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. But veteran PT commanders were incredulous that Kennedy's fast and highly maneuverable PT-109 had failed to evade the ramming in the first place. In fact no other PT boat was ever rammed by an enemy ship before or after Kennedy's, and he narrowly escaped court-martial for the incident. The magazine is bound in green printed covers with a stapled binding. There is some minor extremity wear and an isolated curved tear of maybe .75" in the lower third of the back cover.  

Book #2996
$125.00    order or inquire Political Ephemera Us Presidents PT-109 PT Boats John F. Kennedy Presidential Political campaigns John Hersey World War II

2986 . [Kennedy] Bibliography and Reference Correspondence Section (Library of Congress). John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917-1963: a Chronological List of References .
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1964; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , viii, 68 pages. Condition: Near fine.
     Bibliography of books and articles by and about John F. Kennedy, arranged chronologically through 1963 (one entry from 1964). The coverage is very complete for the early years of Kennedy's political career, and necessarily becomes more selective after his election to the presidency in 1960. Some annotations. First printings are entered regularly and subsequent ones indicated in a note. Significant reviews of Kennedy's four principal books are listed directly after the entry for each. Translations are also listed. An interesting and very useful reference. Noel Clark photograph of Kennedy illustrates front cover. Slight browning to edges of covers, small original price stamp at lower fore corner of front cover, mild corner crease to lower fore corner of rear cover.  

Book #2986
$15.00    order or inquire BIBLIOGRAPHIES John F. Kennedy JFK Books about books US PRESIDENTS Periodicals Reference Writings Presidential papers

1030 . Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston in the Age of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (The Centers of Civilization Series) .
Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1966; First printing. 12mo, Full cloth , xv, 208 pages. Condition: Near Fine in an Edgeworn, Price-Clipped Dustjacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A description of the institutions in the city that make it a "center of civilization." Small bumps at spine ends. Jacket has moderate rubs and wrinkles at extremities, and a .5" tear at lower edge of front panel.  

Book #1030
$15.00    order or inquire Massachusetts Boston Cities Urban Culture Museums Harvard New England

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