Cover: The Letters of John F. Kennedy © Source: Amazon. Click cover to go to Amazon
  • Title: The Letters of John F. Kennedy
    by John F. Kennedy (Author), Martin W. Sandler (Editor)
  • Publication: Bloomsbury, (7 Nov 2013), Hardcover, 384 pp. £20
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408830451
  • Read: 1 January – 24 January 2020
  • Rating: Excellent ★★★★✩ | Goodreads: ★★★★✩ (4.46)

The Letters of John F. Kennedy is a good collection of personal letters and official correspondence between known and celebrated individuals and world leaders. You receive a brief overview into the Cuban missile crisis and the exchange of letters from Chairman Khrushchev, but also Kennedy’s view on the civil rights movement and the on-going every day issues that his Administration dealt with.

I was quite astounded as to how close and real nuclear war was and how that affected ordinary Americans in their day-to-day lives. The letter of September 7, 1961 to the nation comes to mind.

I would have liked to have seen more letters by European leaders and by the Queen, Elizabeth II, but I assume as this book has been targeted towards the US market rather than the U.K. that would not include such. You are left with a want for more images/scans of the original letters and a further back story of the aftermath would have been wonderful if included. Nevertheless, you see another side of JFK in these letters that is quite inspiring to see. His quick wit, intelligence, and charm makes me want to learn more about him and it’s admirable to see that he had achieved so much in less than three years in office.

In all, I quite enjoyed reading this collection, though as mentioned above, I did feel left with a want, an emptiness for more information as you conclude reading the letters, and ask yourself: ‘what then?’

Cover: LIFE magazine, September 15, 1961. Click cover to see issue on Google Books