Kate Greenberg

The Kennedy Years Edited by Richard Reeves
November 2013


2013 is the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who is still regarded as one of the most popular and notable presidents in U.S. history. To commemorate the man and his time in office, the newspaper of record has authorized a book, The Kennedy Years: From the Pages of The New York Times edited by acclaimed presidential historian Richard Reeves with a foreword by the paper’s Executive Editor Jill Abramson (Abrams, On-Sale-Date October 22, 2013, Hardcover with jacket, U.S. $40.00), based on its unsurpassed coverage of the tumultuous Kennedy era.

The Civil Rights Movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Apollo space program, the falling of the Berlin Wall—all and more are covered in articles by the era’s top reporters, among them David Halberstam, Russell Baker, and James Reston. The Kennedy Years provides a primary-source record of these important, dramatic years taken firsthand from reporters covering them such as: Halberstam’s reports from Vietnam that reveal how truly chaotic that war-torn nation had become by 1963; reporter Anthony Lewis’ account of the first African-American’s struggle to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962; and journalist Tom Wicker’s astonishing piece of reporting on Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963 and the immediate swearing in of Lyndon Johnson at the Dallas airport.

In addition to Reeves, there are also new essays by leading historians such as Robert Dallek on the Vietnam war and Terry Golway on the importance of Kennedy’s speeches, and by current New York Times journalists, including Sam Tanenhaus on the Warren Commission Report and the conspiracy theories that linger still, Scott Shane on the Bay of Pigs debacle, Alessandra Stanley on the first televised presidential debates, and Roger Cohen on the crisis in Cuba that almost led to nuclear war. With more than 150 color and black-and-white photos, this is the ultimate volume on one of history’s most fascinating, influential figures taken from the most trustworthy American news organization with reporting by the finest journalists and historians of all time.

About the Author:
Richard Reeves, senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, is a leading presidential historian and syndicated columnist who has received dozens of awards for his work in print, television, and film. He was also the chief political correspondent for The New York Times from 1968-1971.

About the Book:
The Kennedy Years: From the pages of The New York Times
Richard Reeves, foreword by Jill Abramson
ABRAMS, October 2013
U.S. $40.00
ISBN 978-1-4197-0855-8
Hardcover with jacket
400 pages
150 color and black-and-white photographs

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