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The Memory and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
by Dan B. Fleming, Jr.
Foreword by Mary McGrory

ISBN -978-0-918339-61-4 | Hardcover | 256 pages | 6 x 9
Acid Free paper | Index | December, 2002 | $ 24.95

Where were you at 1:30 P.M. EST November 22, 1963? Most Americans over the age of 45 know, just as almost all Americans over the age of 65 can tell you where they were on December 7, 1941, and Americans over the age of 6 can tell you where they were on September 11, 2001.

The passing of 39 years has not loosened Kennedy’s grip on the world’s imagination. Myth and legend have only grown. He was improbably handsome, witty and charming; his wife was exquisite, his children, beguiling. He held press conferences every other week and enjoyed them. He read voraciously, never stopped inquiring and learning….There is no criticism of Kennedy in this book. It would be as out of place as at a wake, which is what this book is for those who were not born when the assassination occurred…. People would have died for him. This book tells you why.
Mary McGrory, Washington Post Columnist,
from the Foreword

America will never forget the horror and the heroism of 9/11. Nor will America ever forget the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Engraved in our national memory is the blood and shock of the shooting, followed by the solemn glory of the funeral proceedings. All of this is brought vividly to life in the remarkable …Ask What You Can Do For Your Country.…This book will cause those who were alive in 1963 to remember; and those too young to remember will learn for the first time what it was like — America at its best, America at its worst….a book for everyone who loves his country; a book for all of us who honor the memory of President Kennedy.
Hugh Gregory Gallagher,
Author, FDR's Splendid Deception

At times inspiring and at times sad, this uncritical look back at the legacy of John F. Kennedy does a fine job bringing to life his meaning for a generation of Americans.
Library Journal

Vandamere Press is very pleased to offer this all new collection of vignettes dealing with people's immediate reaction to JFK's assassination, their memories of JFK, as well as his significance to their lives. The assembled memories are from the famous and not-so-famous, including politicians, civil rights leaders, actors, artists, journalists, Peace Corps Volunteers, members of the president's Secret Service detachment, the soldier that played taps at Arlington for the Kennedy funeral, Americans at home and abroad, and citizens of countries from around the world.

Many of the vignettes include personal recollections and stories about the president, while other contributors focus on their role in the final days of the president and his funeral. Among the many notable contributors to the book are Gerald Ford, William Fulbright, Myrlie Evers, James Michener, Father Hesburgh, John Glenn, Jeane Dixon, Cliff Robertson, Barry Goldwater, James Farmer, Margaret Chase Smith, Mrs. Edward R. Morrow, Evelyn Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, Lena Horne, Rowland Evans, Margaret Truman, Richard Daley, and Chris Kraft.

Complete with photographs and illustrations, ...Ask What You Can Do For Your Country, is a book not to be missed, and a welcome addition to Kennedy and Cold War collections.

About the author…Dan Fleming is professor emeritus of social studies education at Virginia Tech. He graduated from West Virginia University with an undergraduate and Master’s degree in political science and received a doctorate in teacher education from George Washington University with further graduate study at Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India and a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association working in both the U.S. House and Senate. In 1970 he came to Virginia Tech as an assistant professor of education remaining there until his retirement as a Professor in 1992. He has been active at the national and state level in several social studies professional organizations. He has authored or co-authored five textbooks for public schools, and the political history, Kennedy vs. Humphrey, West Virginia,1960, as well as over 100 articles in professional, journals. He has served as a consultant to numerous school systems in Virginia and the United States and internationally.

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