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Ask Not

(2010)
The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.\nA close-up on one of American history's most magical events, JFK's inaugural week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and brought hope to a nation\n\n"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, its citizens torn by fears of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg and the most memorable of any twentieth-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." \n\nAsk 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. Thurston 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 covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candlelit festivities, 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.

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October 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
ISBN: 0-8050-7213-6 / 978-0-8050-7213-6 (USA edition)
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December 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
ISBN: 0-14-311897-8 / 978-0-14-311897-8 (UK edition)
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
ISBN: 0-8050-7936-X / 978-0-8050-7936-4 (USA edition)
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October 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
ISBN: 1-59397-550-3 / 978-1-59397-550-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
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Title: Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America
Author(s): Thurston Clarke
Publisher: Penguin Books
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