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  A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Barbara Harrison and Daniel Terris

Review by: Megan K.
West Virginia, Grade 8

The book I have chosen to read is A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This book was written by Barbara Harrison and Daniel Terris. The book takes place in the life time of John F. Kennedy, or the early 1900s. He lived from 1917, to the year 1963. John grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, he lived there most of his childhood life. Once he got older he served for the military during World War II, and then began to run for political figures, such as senator and president. I believe that many people admired John, for he was the president of the United States of America. When he was killed while he was serving his term many people thought that he deserved the up-most respect. This is why several people wrote biographies about him. The believed that his story was so great and inspiring that everyone should hear about it.


Something that I found very interesting about the book is the character that John Kennedy possessed. He was a very hard working man, yet extremely caring and family oriented. He was very shy as a young man. He learned to be an out-going, and very relaxed public speaker as time went on. He got himself into politics when he learned of his older brotherís death. Once this occurred he was inspired to go into the field of politics. I think this is a very good book for some one to read who needs inspiration. This book is a good tool to use if you are stuck on something in life an dare unsure what to do next. The story of John and how he struggled through chronic back pain, yet still did everything other politicians did truly will give you the strength to accomplish anything.
In conclusion I would give this book four and a half stars out of five. I believe this book was very well written and informational. The author of this book wrote this story well, and kept things in chronological order. The only thing I would change about this book would be to keep other people out of it more, and focus more about John F. Kennedy. This book spends a great deal of time on Martin Luther King, Jr., which I believe is not very accurate. While John was president during the Civil Rights Movement, he was not a great deal to John. The book was an intelligent and pleasant book to read. I recommend it to many people.

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