Debating the Kennedy Presidency

Stephen Rabe, whose publications include three monographs on U.S. relations with Latin America, is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. In this work, he joins with James N. Giglio, a professor of history at Southwest Missouri State University, in examining the foreign policy of John F. Kennedy and its legacy. In their respective essays, to which pertinent documents are appended, they offer challenging interpretations and provocative views. Although they agree on some points, Professor Giglio largely defends the Kennedy record while Professor Rabe is more critical, depicting Kennedy as “a relentless cold warrior who perpetuated the Cold War more than he resolved it.” The book is ideal for stimulating discussion both in and outside of the classroom.

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