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Becoming JFK
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Examines John F. Kennedy's development as a communicator during his 18-year public career.

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Preface Part I: The Early Years: Discovering His Public Voice, 1945-1952 Beginning the Political Journey: Being Worthy of Your Times The First Campaign: Stumping the Neighborhoods The Habit of Discussion and Debate: On the Way to Becoming a Senator The Independent Voice of John F. Kennedy The Senator from Massachusetts Speaks Young Man in a Hurry Three Speeches from Kennedy's Senatorial Career: 1953-1960: Vietnam, Algeria, Harvard Commencement Address Campaigning for the Presidency, 1956-1960 Nationalizing a New England Accent: Beginning the Presidential Campaign, 1956-1960 Kennedy's Primary Campaigns: Wisconsin and West Virginia The Presidential Campaign, Part I: Squaring Off on the Religion Issue The Presidential Campaign, Part II: The First Presidential Televised Debates Election Outcome: TV, Religion and African-American Influences The President Communicates The Inaugural Address: January 20, 1961 1961: A Year of Crisis, Steadfastness, and Innovation Drama and Dialogue about Nuclear Suicide: The Cuban Missile Crisis Words of Peace Change the Cold War Dialogue: To Win a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Reaffirmation and Revitalization: Kennedy's Summer Tour of Europe, 1963: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Kennedy and Vietnam: Public and Private Communication Civil Rights: Kennedy Initiates a Second Reconstruction A Television Presidency Epilogue: John F. Kennedy as a Communicator Bibliography Index

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VITO N. SILVESTRI is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Emerson College, Boston, MA, and President of Professional Communication Skills for Professionals./e He has taught speech and communication studies for 40 years and has served as consultant to business and non-profit organizations. In 1998 he was awarded the Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship from the Kennedy Library Foundation. He has written a number of articles on John F. Kennedy.

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?The strength of Professor Silvestri's book is in fulfilling the promise implied in its title. This is a fine presentation of the evolution of John F. Kennedy's political thought and rhetorical prowess.?-Rhetoric & Public Affairs
"The strength of Professor Silvestri's book is in fulfilling the promise implied in its title. This is a fine presentation of the evolution of John F. Kennedy's political thought and rhetorical prowess."-Rhetoric & Public Affairs

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