Charles Wheeler

A President In Pain

John F Kennedy: An Unfinished Life 1917-1963

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WHY ANOTHER KENNEDY book? Facing up to the question in a preface, Robert Dallek tells us that much new material has surfaced since he embarked on his project some six years ago. Without trawling through upwards of a hundred books about JFK this is a difficult claim to test. But what is undeniablv new is Dallek’s detailed, gruesome, yet fascinating account of Kennedy’s stlectacular number of illnesses Ad the trouble he and his family I took to keep them secret.

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