Summary: Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the week leading up to the inaugural which stands as one of the most moving spectacles in the history of American politics. As the snow covers Washington in a blanket of white the perfectionist Kennedy pushes himself to the limit to find the words that would capture what he most truly believed and which would far outlast his own life. For everyone who seeks to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy the answer can be found in As
Summary: Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the week leading up to the inaugural which stands as one of the most moving spectacles in the history of American politics. As the snow covers Washington in a blanket of white the perfectionist Kennedy pushes himself to the limit to find the words that would capture what he most truly believed and which would far outlast his own life. For everyone who seeks to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy the answer can be found in Ask Not. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:05 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Owl Books Year Published: 2005 International: No
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FromAsk Not: We saw in black and white a cloudless sky sharp light and air so cold it turned Kennedy's breath into white clouds. When he said ''Let the word go forth from this time and place . . . '' it appeared that each word he spoke really was going forth into the exhilarating air that everyone in the nation was breathing that day. We saw a Currier and Ives tableau wintry and patriotic. Wind ruffled the festive bunting and the marble facade of the Capitol gleamed. Sunlight bounced off snowbanks and spectators shielded their eyes. Rows of dignitaries filled the platform. The men wore dark overcoats and top hats outfits for tycoons and statesmen. No one imagined that Rose Kennedy was fuming over her row-end seat or that Eleanor Roosevelt had refused her place of honor because she could not bear being close to Kennedy's father or that there was so much bad blood between the dignitaries on this platform that if grudges had weight the entire contraption would have crashed to the ground. Eisenhower Kennedy Johnson and Nixon sat in a semicircle of armchairs. The four men's wives-all former and future First Ladies-sat behind them in the first row on either side of the podium. A faint smile remained frozen on Jackie Kennedy's face as if she was party to some delicious secret.
''JFK's inaugural has gotten the book it deserves . . . Anyone who wants to understand why this president changed all of our lives need only open these pages to see him during his finest most captivating and memorable moments.'' -Strobe Talbott ''Clarke's meticulous investigation of Kennedy's inaugural address . . . stirs us again with the eloquence of Kennedy's oratory and deepens our understanding of its place in history.'' -Sally Bedell Smith author of Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House ''Thurston Clarke has taken a brief beautiful speech and recreated an extraordinary moment in time. He understands the power of words the way they can animate an age and move the world.''Evan Thomas co-author of The Wise Men author of John Paul Jones
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