JFK and the Masculine Mystique

JFK and the Masculine Mystique

Sex and Power on the New Frontier

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From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy's allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s--his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal? As Steve Watts argues, JFK was tailor made for the cultural atmosphere of his time. He benefited from a crisis of manhood that had welled up in postwar America when men had become ensnared by bureaucracy, softened by suburban comfort, and emasculated by a generation of newly-aggressive women. Kennedy appeared to revive the modern American man as youthful and vigorous, masculine and athletic, and a sexual conquistador. His cultural crusade involved other prominent figures, including Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming, Hugh Hefner, Ben Bradlee, Kirk Douglas, and Tony Curtis, who collectively symbolized masculine regeneration. This is not just another standard biography of the youthful president. By examining Kennedy in the context of certain books, movies, social critiques, music, and cultural discussions that framed his ascendancy, Watts shows us the excitement and sense of possibility, the optimism and aspirations, that accompanied the dawn of a new age in America.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250049988
Branch Call Number: B K383W 2016
Characteristics: x, 415 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 12, 2016

Yet another pathetic attempt to trivialize JFK, ignoring all the many accomplishments of so short an administration - - unbelievable!
Yes, ignore his Executive Order 11110, the first president to do a run-around of the Federal Reserve and disburse DEBT-FREE money to the people, instead of DEBT-BASED, payable to the banksters!
Yes, ignore his Interest Equalization Tax, his first real strike against the bankers and super-rich for their sheltering their money offshore.
Yes, ignore the extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Internet, and the NASA/Moon Project, both of which have yielded inordinate technological progress, and the last administration do actually work in that direction!
Yes, ignore his standing up to US Steel and GE, while today's occupant in the White House has a lovefest with GE's CEO!
Yes, ignore JFK's massive support for African independence and self-rule, free from the colonlialist imperialists!
Yes, ignore his work towards desegregation, including the University of Mississippi and football, his first hire of a Abraham Bolden [now one should definitely read his book!!!] in the US Secret Service, et cetera!
Yes, ignore his negotiations with Indonesia, not sending in the CIA to murder massive numbers of innocents, as both Eisenhower and Johnson did!
Yes, ignore JFK's promise to Latin America, not to send in troops on behalf of the corporations!
Yes, and yes, and yes . . .
[On the other hand, there's Andrew Cohen's outstanding book, Two Days in June || and Donald Gibson's outstanding book, Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency || and David Talbot's outstanding book, Brothers: Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.]


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