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Ask Not - The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech

Thurston Clarke

A close-up on one of American history's most splendid events, JFK's inaugural week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and brought hope to a nation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency and stood to speak those words, America was divided. Citizens around the world were torn by fears of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg, the most memorable of any 20th-century American politician-did more than reassure: It changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." 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. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the president at his most dazzlingly charismatic (and cunningly pragmatic). As the snow gradually covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candle-lit festivities, Kennedy-an obsessed perfectionist-pushes himself, his family, and advisors to the limit-to create greatness, to find the words which captured what he most truly believed and, as it happened, which far outlasted his own life. For all who seek to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy, the answer is here. Ask Not explains the phenomenon to the heart and mind.

A close-up on one of American history's most splendid events, JFK's inaugural week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and brought hope to a nation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency and stood to speak those words, America was divided. Citizens around the world were torn by fears of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg, the most memorable of any 20th-century American politician-did more than reassure: It changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." 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. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the president at his most dazzlingly charismatic (and cunningly pragmatic). As the snow gradually covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candle-lit festivities, Kennedy-an obsessed perfectionist-pushes himself, his family, and advisors to the limit-to create greatness, to find the words which captured what he most truly believed and, as it happened, which far outlasted his own life. For all who seek to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy, the answer is here. Ask Not explains the phenomenon to the heart and mind.
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A close-up on one of American history's most splendid events, JFK's inaugural week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and brought hope to a nation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency and stood to speak those words, America was divided. Citizens around the world were torn by fears of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg, the most memorable of any 20th-century American politician-did more than reassure: It changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." 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. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the president at his most dazzlingly charismatic (and cunningly pragmatic). As the snow gradually covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candle-lit festivities, Kennedy-an obsessed perfectionist-pushes himself, his family, and advisors to the limit-to create greatness, to find the words which captured what he most truly believed and, as it happened, which far outlasted his own life. For all who seek to understand the fascination with all things Kennedy, the answer is here. Ask Not explains the phenomenon to the heart and mind.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edward Herrmann

Length:

5h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:31