Monthly Archives: January 2004

Books: An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

Books: An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek

Listened to the unabridged book on tape. What a treat.

Kennedy is extremely complex individual. His public life is still heroic to me — he was the first major politician of his error to see that lowering taxes would massively spur the economy. His dealings with the Cuban Missile Crisis were masterful and he averted WWIII.

An Unfinished Life, which just came out in 2003, details JFK’s newly released medical history and really goes in depth about Vietnam, Cuba, and JFK’s rise to the presidency. I highly suggest this book.

A portrait in red and blue — from the Economist

Great article in the most recent Economist — i highly recommend reading it:

The great American political divide, as seen through the congressional districts of Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert

Some good quotes:
“Only 35% of San Franciscans own their own houses, compared with a national average of 70%.”

“But San Francisco now has one of the lowest proportions of families with children in the country (it has more dogs than children, say some). Almost 70% of the population is single.”