Conversations with Kennedy
by Benjamin Bradlee

Bradlee was a close friend of JFK and was an editor at Newsweek. The significant thing about this book is not the gossip or the practical jokes it relates or the personal side of JFK, but what the author, perhaps unwittingly, shows us about how JFK operated.

Kennedy understood power and had no reservations or qualms about getting it and using it. He was as sure of his right to run the country as a hereditary monarch would have been. He was successful at getting power because he learned how it worked while he was young, and he learned this, not because he was studious, but because his family was into it. Kennedy used the press. He followed news coverage more carefully than he followed political philosophy. He knew the importance of style and image and the danger of candor and honest expression in public.

Year Read: 1977

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