An Unfinished Life has ratings and reviews. Andrew said: I’m too young (though not by much) to remember, real time, JFK’s assassination, but I’. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, – is a biography of the 35th It was written by Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert Dallek, a professor at. Read John F Kennedy: An Unfinished Life book reviews & author details and more at Robert Dallek, after having researched the life of John for five long years.

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Kennedy, by Robert Dallek hide caption. Despite a bad back, Lt. Kennedy joined the U. Kennedy Library hide caption. Kennedy, unfiniished lifelong medical problems included osteoporosis of the lumbar spine, is seen on crutches, ca. A new book on President Kennedy has attracted attention because of the disclosure that he had sex with a White House intern.

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Kennedyhas also sparked a debate among his fellow historians. Some are disputing the book’s assertion that Kennedy’s presidency was not damaged by his risky sexual behavior and bad health.

Dallek writes that the president took many prescription drugs, including amphetamines, sedatives, testosterone and codeine. But the author concludes the drugs were “no impediment” to being an effective president.

Dallek tells NPR’s Juan Williams that after reviewing tapes and transcripts of Kennedy during the 13 days of the Cuban Missile Robfrt, “I found him to be cogent and lucid and as on top of the issue as any president could have been.


Maybe he was able to compartmentalize, but my medical friends tell me that, in fact, taking the medicines allowed him to function at so high a level. He probably never could have been president if he didn’t have Dallek says there were no conditions set on his use of JFK’s medical records in the hopes that the author would paint the former president in a more positive light.

Kennedy] Library, I did not show any member of the committee that gave me access or any member of the family what I was going to write,” Dallek says. Dallek says he compared the medical records to various crises of Kennedy’s presidency, particularly the Cuban Roobert Crisis.

Did the man function effectively as president despite taking all these medicines and having so many ailments?

And my answer is yes. Dallek also obtained documents indicating Kennedy had an affair with a year-old intern in the White House. He came across the material after discovering 17 blacked-out pages in an oral history by Barbara Gamarekian, who was an aide to Kennedy Press Secretary Pierre Salinger. And she said, ‘Well, it’s 40 years later.

OK, I’m going to let you have it. The New York Daily News subsequently learned the woman’s identity and published unfinihed interview with her. Many Americans consider Kennedy to be among the greatest presidents, but Dallek says most historians would dispute that. Kennedy’s domestic record “fell well short of anything that would mark him out as great or even near great.


But overshadowing those failures was Kennedy’s assassination. And I think it’ll last for a long time yet.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. But some historians dispute author Robert Dallek’s assertion that Kennedy’s presidency was not damaged by his risky sexual behavior and bad health.

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Kennedy, by Robert Dallek hide caption Read an excerpt. Archived audio details Cabinet crisis after JFK’s assassination. The Cuban missile crisis, 40 years later.

Excerpts of tapes made by JFK and other presidents. JFK’s personal audiotapes are released. JFK assassination records review board condemns secrecy. More stories by Juan Williams. An online exhibit about Dr. Janet Travell, JFK’s personal physician.

Kennedy Library and Museum. JFK presidential speeches and recordings.