JFK: The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans—President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost—which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War.
Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst College classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of the challenges facing America.
I did a lot of Kennedy Era studies during my undergrad. He was always such a fascinating historical figure. The conspiracies and such that surround Kennedy still linger today. I remember sitting in my Civil Rights class and reading about the last few months of Kennedy's life. This book was a very interesting read. I loved all the different perspectives that this book brings together. One of my favorite parts of history is the people's history. I love hearing it through people's recollections. One of my favorit parts of this book was found on page 132 "On November 22 1963, I was walking past the Octagon on the Amherst Campus when I heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I remember the exact spot. Kennedy's inaugaration speech resonated in my head." I know that my parents and grandma remember where they were when they heard about Kennedy. Reading this description by Steve Downs sent chills through my spine. The way that it was described I felt like I was there. When you hear everyone's different thoughts it brings history together.
This book is incredibly researched. It is extrememly well written. It is a perfect gift for those that love history, presidential history and Civil Rights History.
I recieved a copy of this book through Mascot Books. All thoughts are my own.