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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917–2007)

Author of A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

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About the Author

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National show more Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City. (Publisher Provided) Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., 1917 - 2007 U.S. historian Arthur Schlesinger was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1917 and was educated at Harvard University. Schlesinger was an associate professor of history at Harvard from 1946-1954 and professor from 1954-1961. He was a campaign staff member for the Democratic presidential candidates in 1952, 1956 and 1960. When John F. Kennedy took office after the 1960 campaign, he appointed Schlesinger special assistant. He resigned, in 1964, after Kennedy's assassination and then became professor of Humanities at the City University of New York in 1967. Schlesinger wrote an account of the Kennedy administration titled "A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House" (1965), which won the Pulitzer Prize for a biography in 1966. He also wrote "The Age of Jackson" (1945), which won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1946, "The Age of Roosevelt" (3 vol., 1957-60), "The Politics of Hope" (1963), "The Bitter Heritage" (1967), "The Imperial Presidency" (1973), "Robert Kennedy and His Times" (1978), and "The Cycles of American History" (1986). He died on February 28, 2007 at the age of 89 (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The Age of Jackson (1945) 877 copies
Robert Kennedy and His Times (1978) 643 copies
The Imperial Presidency (1973) 499 copies
Almanac of American History (1993) 398 copies
Journals: 1952-2000 (2007) 373 copies
Paths of American Thought (1963) 37 copies
The Senate (2000) 14 copies
The Founding Fathers (2008) 12 copies
Before Watergate : problems of corruption in American society (1979) — Editor; Contributor — 2 copies
Gandhi 1 copy

Associated Works

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1960) — Foreword — 1,229 copies
Eleanor and Franklin (1971) — Foreword, some editions — 980 copies
Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier (1981) — Introduction — 907 copies
James Madison (2002) — Editor — 448 copies
The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (1968) — Composer — 266 copies
Senator Joe McCarthy (1959) — Foreword, some editions — 172 copies
An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine (2000) — Contributor; Foreword — 131 copies
New York (1980) — Contributor — 59 copies
Adolf Hitler (World Leaders-Past and Present) (1985) — Editor — 47 copies
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies
Four Portraits and One Subject: Bernard DeVoto (1963) — Contributor — 15 copies
Photographed By Bachrach (1992) — Introduction — 12 copies
Labor and American politics; a book of readings (1978) — Contributor, some editions — 9 copies
The Central Intelligence Agency (1988) — Introduction — 1 copy
Thomas Jefferson (2003) — Editor — 1 copy


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I really enjoyed reading the transcripts of these conversations and I'm so glad the interviews were unedited. Started to listen to the CDs but it was faster to read. It was a walk through a time capsule. I had to keep reminding myself that she was only 34 years old and her husband had been killed just four months earlier. She was remarkably composed. I found it so interesting to hear her views on JFK and the political scene and characters of the 1960s and the footnotes were wonderful in clarifying the people and situations she was referring to. It was funny in a shocking way to hear her views on male/female relationships and feminism. Mostly I loved the history both the good and the bad .... one item that jumped out was Ike's appointment (Lyman Lemnitzer) as Chairman of Joint Chiefs who approved a classified plan for the US government to commit acts of terrorism against Miami and other US cities and blame those acts on Castro. Thankfully JFK rejected it. JFK said he thought it a disgrace that there were less than 100 people in Washington working on disarmament ... and he was upset there was no proper award for civilian achievement while there were many for military achievements so he created the Medal of Freedom. Also interesting, he had no chief of staff so ideas didn't get filtered and each cabinet head had access to him. Lots of good stuff and makes me wonder how the world might have been different had he finished his term. Depressing to compare it all to political "leaders" of today.… (more)
ellink | 15 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
5790. The Cycles of American History, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (read 17 May 2022) This book, published in 1986, is the 13th book by its author I have read. It expatiates a lot about the political scene as of 1986 and hence is often not pertinent to the very different political scene as it exists today. And one knows that what the author would say about today's political scene would be darker than what he had to say about the 1986 scene. The book says lots of wise things but some I could not agree with. For instance, he spends a lot of time bemoaning the fact that the 25th Amendment permits a person, such as Jerry Ford to be president even though he was never voted on by all the nation's voters. I cannot think that is a pertinent complaint. I think the 25th Amendment worked OK in 1974 and see no need to change it. All in all the book said wisely much but it seemed far removed from the situation which confronts us today--a perilous one in my view, with so many people eager to do violence to our system of government… (more)
Schmerguls | 1 other review | May 17, 2022 |



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