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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
“I seen my opportunities and I took ’em,” said George Washington Plunkitt in this charming manual ...
Facing an Economic Revolution
Woodrow Wilson calls for government intervention in the economy in order to preserve American freedoms in ...
The Crime of the Century
The tangled story of the great crime of the 20th century, the 1932 kidnapping and murder ...
'Jewtown' in the New Land
Writing about the tenements of New York, Jacob Riis describes how Jewish immigrants made their way ...
A Matter of Conscience
Still an unannounced candidate, Lincoln viewed this address before Eastern leadership as a crucial moment for ...
The Plight of the Working Class
A vitally important document and the best account of the working class under the new industrialism.
A Streetcar Named Pleiku
The 1965 attack on the U.S. base at Pleiku in South Vietnam was a turning point: ...
Is a College Education Still Worth the Price?
A former dean looks at American higher education and finds ...
John F. Kennedy's Women - Preview
The Story of a Sexual Obsession
Millions of people around the world consider John F. Kennedy a great president. He tried to reduce the risk of nuclear holocaust by miscalculation. He was a catalyst for activism among the nation’s youth, as shown by his support for the Peace Corps. His major speeches on civil rights, détente with the Soviet Union, and the nuclear test ban were brilliant. Finally, he grew in office. The Kennedy of 1963 was a different, more mature, more capable leader than the Kennedy of 1961. “What was killed in Dallas was not only the president but the promise,” wrote the New York Times’ James Reston.
On the other hand, there were unfortunate blemishes and failures on Kennedy’s record. Among them was a serious weakness involving his personal attitude toward women. He was nearly a pathological philanderer and was usually incapable of viewing a woman as anything but a sex object.
Like many Irish-American women, Rose Kennedy, John’s mother, was exceptionally chaste, even within marriage; but her husband, Joseph P. Kennedy, became a notorious philanderer, and his behavior profoundly influenced his second son. While working in Hollywood in the 1920s, Joe, a wealthy businessman, rented a large home on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills where he often beguiled dazzling young women. With one prominent actress he had an extended sexual affair. In 1925, at age twenty-six, Gloria Swanson was Hollywood’s reigning sex goddess, earning about $1 million a year. In the late 1920s Swanson often came east to visit Joe and even accompanied him and Rose on a trip to Europe. Joe belonged to the Bronxville Field Club in Westchester County, New York, where the local newspaper reported that Swanson and Joe played tennis together at the club.