The Kennedys were a family deeply entrenched in politics. Both of John’s grandfathers were involved in politics and his father was a successful business man. Naturally much was expected of John.
He rose to meet those expectations, entering Harvard when he was nineteen and graduating cum laude in political science. After his graduation, he signed up with the Navy and was deployed to the South Pacific to combat Japanese forces there. He and several men were lost at sea when their boat was struck by a Japanese destroyer, and spent an entire week on an uninhabited island before Kennedy’s attempts at escape finally paid off.
After the war, John decided he wanted to get involved in politics – he wanted “to serve [his] country as [he] honestly tried to serve it in war.” [pg. 45] He took his seat in Congress at the age of twenty-nine – from there it was a straight path upward through the Senate and into the Presidency.
President Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and their children lived at the White House for three years. During that time Kennedy saw his nation through the earliest space endeavors, peace attempts with Russia, and desegregation. But on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was shot through the head and killed.
Conclusion. A good resource on JFK – for more information about Kennedy’s assassination, read Kennedy Assassinated!
Review © 2015 Laura Verret