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To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace

 
 
Author
Jeffrey D. Sachs.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780812994926
Pages/Publication Date 249/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52585
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The last great campaign of John F. Kennedy's life was to attempt to forge a sustainable peace with the Soviet Union. As economist Jeffrey Sachs posits here, four key speeches delivered between the conclusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and the signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in September 1963 charted the course of Kennedy's vision, particularly the commencement address he gave at American University that June, known today as the Peace Speech. Sachs, a special advisor to the UN secretary-general and twice named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine, finds lessons in these statements of policy that are pertinent—indeed vital—in today's world.

"In this careful study, Sachs zeroes in on four key speeches Kennedy delivered in the months prior to his assassination.... JFK, together with gifted speechwriter Ted Sorensen—his 'intellectual alter ego'—set out a strategy for nations to live in 'mutual tolerance,' with ramifications that extend into the 21st century.... While sound bites of the Kennedy-Sorensen collaboration echo in modern classrooms—'Ask not what your country can do for you'—the messages in these four speeches seem all too pertinent today."—Publishers Weekly

"This book is more than merely an exegesis of the major speeches of the last year of the Kennedy presidency. Rather, it presents Kennedy's approach to achieving peace as a model for leaders of today.... The book is rife with lessons for the current administration, given its virtual deadlock with Congress on issues including, but not limited to, gun legislation, the United Nations Treaty on Disabilities, [and] immigration reform.... We cannot know how many more steps might have been taken under Kennedy's leadership, but To Move the World urges us to continue on the journey."—Chicago Tribune

 
 
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