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Title : Prelude to Leadership: The European Diary, Summer 1945
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ISBN : 9780895264596
Format Type : hardback
Number of Pages : 210 Pages
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Prelude to Leadership: The European Diary, Summer 1945 Reviews

  • Michael O'Leary
    2019-04-02 18:59

    Prelude to Leadership is the private diary of John F. Kennedy when he was a 28-year-old reporter in Europe. It offers a short yet intimate look into the mind of the man who was to become the 35th President of the United States.As World War II was ending and the Cold War was just beginning, a young naval hero decommissioned before war's end because of his crippling injuries, traveled through a devastated Europe. During the trip, John F. Kennedy kept a diary, never before published. As the diary makes clear, that European trip was a turning point in the future President's life. It was on this trip that Kennedy first confronted the "long twilight struggle" for the preservation of Western freedom that would define his Presidency. In these few months, an agenda for a Presidency began to be forged, and the closing pages of the diary make clear that it was at this moment in time that Kennedy began laying plans for his first run for Congress, the first step in his journey to the White House.One of the most interesting elements of this read was JFK's views of the Russians and their behavior toward the German people and the allied countries that helped to defeat Nazi Germany. In short, the Russians haven't changed their behavior or ideology since the end of World War II. A fascinating look at post-war Europe and the experiences that helped form a young John Kennedy's political views and prepare him for his political life and the presidency.

  • Max Gwynne
    2019-03-30 16:09

    A fantastic insight into the mind and thoughts of JFK during his travels around Europe after the Second World War. All too brief a read but fascinating nonetheless!

  • Jimmy
    2019-03-19 19:15

    Informative, cool insights

  • Ta N.
    2019-04-11 19:04

    This is the quick, unabridged, and insightful diary of "Jack" F. Kennedy during the obscure years between his emergence as a Pacific War hero from a wealthy, connected family to the struggle in the years before his presidency. Surprisingly, these are the only known writings of Kennedy during this period of his life, and the journal consists of the writings, thoughts, and notes he took of war-devastated Europe on his European tour in 1945 with Ambassador Forrestal, a family friend. Ever-curious, with a wry humor and a knowledge of European politics inspired by his role-model, Winston Churchill, travel with the legendary JFK as he jots down observations and events on the state of torn Berlin, the Potsdam conference, and Hitler's "Eagle Nest." For the effects of this tour on his famous presidency, learn of his critical relationships with important figures such as Eisenhower and De Valera, prime minister of neutral, republican Ireland, and countless more. Prelude to Leadership will reveal the true politics and relationships between Russia and the U.S. in the tense build-up to the Cold War from a privileged young journalist's point of view. Before this book, I had never thought past WWII and the beginning of the Cold War; however, Kennedy's journal aptly describes war-torn Europe. I recommend this to anyone even slightly interested in world politics and history!

  • Brad
    2019-04-13 18:52

    This is a good book for anyone who wants to learn more about the thoughts and life of a young man before he was known to the world as JFK.

  • Sara-Ellen
    2019-04-10 14:16

    I loved seeing the thought process of the young man as he traveled through war torn Europe at the end of World War 2. This is a wonderful addition to my knowledge of JFK.