The John F. Kennedy Library
The web site of the Kennedy presidential library presents some of the vast numbers of photographs, texts, and audio files from their collection. Especially noteworthy are the transcribed and recorded speeches and press conferences of three Kennedy brothers — John, Robert, and Ted.
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
The Web site of the Robert F. Kennedy Center, a non-profit organization that works to further humanitarian goals, includes a biography, speeches and selected quotes from Robert Kennedy’s life.
Senate Office of Edward M. Kennedy
Ted Kennedy’s Senate Office Web site includes information and photos of the late senator, focusing on his legislative work.
Cuban Missile Crisis (40th Anniversary): The National Security Archives
A conference held on the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis provided an occasion for publishing declassified documents from U.S., Soviet and Cuban archives, chronologies, historical analysis and even audio files of ExComm meetings on this George Washington University Web site.
American Experience: The Presidents: John F. Kennedy
Another American Experience Web site presents a biography of America’s thirty-fifth president, including speeches, interview excerpts, and an online poll.
The State Department Archives: Kennedy-Khrushchev Exchanges, 1961-1963
The State Department Archives presents the Kennedy-Khrushchev exchanges as well as a preface, an introduction, and sources to the documents. The documents expose the tensions and conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union during Kennedy’s term in office.
NASA: Transcript of John F. Kennedy’s Decision to go to the Moon
The NASA Web site includes President Kennedy’s speech to Congress on May 25, 1961, links to print and audio versions of the speech, as well as links to other informational sites about the Apollo mission.
Beschloss, Michael R. Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance. New York: Norton, 1980.
Blair, Joan and Clay Jr. The Search for JFK. New York: Berkley, 1976.
Bradlee, Benjamin C. Conversations with Kennedy. New York: Norton, 1975.
Burns, James McGregor. Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy. New York: Norton, 1976.
Cameron, Gail. Rose: A Biography of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. New York: Putnam, 1971.
Chellis, Marcia. Living with the Kennedys: The Joan Kennedy Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
Clymer, Adam. Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography. New York: Morrow, 1999.
Collier, Peter and David Horowitz. The Kennedys: An American Drama. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002.
Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 2003.
Davis, John H. The Kennedys: Dynasty and Disaster 1848-1983. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.
Dickerson, Nancy. Among Those Present: A Reporter’s View of Twenty-Five Years in Washington. New York: Random House, 1976.
Edelman, Peter B. Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001.
Fairlie, Henry. The Kennedy Promise: The Politics of Expectation. New York: Doubleday, 1973.
Galbraith, John K. Ambassador’s Journal: A Personal Account of the Kennedy Years. London: Hamilton, 1969.
Gibson, Barbara and Caroline Latham. Life with Rose Kennedy. New York: Warner, 1986.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988.
Goodwin, Richard N. Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties. Boston: Little Brown, 1988.
Guthman, Edwin. We Band of Brothers: A Memoir of Robert F. Kennedy. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.
Halberstam, David. The Best and the Brightest. New York: Random House, 1972.
——. The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy. New York: Random House, 1968.
Hamilton, Nigel. JFK: Reckless Youth. New York: Random House, 1992.
Hersh, Burton. The Education of Edward Kennedy: A Family Biography. New York: William Morrow, 1972.
——. The Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition. South Royalton, Vt.: Steerforth Press, 1997.
Higham, Charles. Rose: The Life and Times of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. New York: Pocket Books, 1995.
Honan, William H. Ted Kennedy: Profile of a Survivor. New York: Quadrangle Books, 1972.
Isaacson, Walter and Evan Thomas. The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986.
Kennedy, Edward Moore and Mark O. Hatfield. Freeze!: How You Can Help Prevent Nuclear War. Toronto, New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
Kennedy, Edward Moore. In Critical Condition: the Crisis in America’s Health Care. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.
Kennedy, John F. Why England Slept. New York: W. Funk, 1961.
——. Profiles in Courage. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
Kennedy, Joseph P. I’m For Roosevelt. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1936.
——. Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy. Edited by Amanda Smith. New York: Viking, 2001.
Kennedy, Robert F. To Seek a Newer World. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, 1967.
——. The Pursuit of Justice / edited by Theodore J. Lowi. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.
——. The Enemy Within. New York: Harper, 1960.
——. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: Norton,1999.
May, Ernest and Philip Zelikow, et al., editors. The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: Norton, 2002.
Kessler, Ronald. The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded. New York: Warner Books, 1996.
Kimball, Penn. Bobby Kennedy and the New Politics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall,1968.
Klein, Edward. All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy. New York: Pocket Books, 1996.
Koskoff, David E. Joseph P. Kennedy, A Life and Times. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1974.
Krock, Arthur. Memoirs: Sixty Years on the Firing Line. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968.
Lerner, Max. Ted and the Kennedy Legend: A Study in Character and Destiny. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980.
Lester, David and Irene. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Folk Hero. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1986.
Lincoln, Evelyn. My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy. New York: David McKay, 1965.
Lowe, Jacques. Kennedy, A Time Remembered. London, Quartet Books, 1983.
Manchester, William. One Brief Shining Moment: Remembering Kennedy. Boston: Little Brown, 1983.
——. Portrait of a President: John F. Kennedy in Profile. Boston, Little Brown, 1967.
Martin, Ralph G. A Hero for Our Time: An Intimate Story of the Kennedy Years. New York: Macmillan, 1983.
McTaggart, Lynne. Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times. New York: Dial Press,1983.
Nichols, William. The Bobby Kennedy Nobody Knows. New York: Fawcett, 1967.
O’Brien, Lawrence F. No Final Victories: A Life in Politics — from John F. Kennedy to Watergate. New York: Doubleday, 1974.
Paper, Lewis J. The Promise and the Performance: The Leadership of John F. Kennedy. New York: Crown, 1975.
Parmet, Herbert S. Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy. New York: Dial Press, 1980.
Rainie, Harrison and John Quinn. Growing Up Kennedy: The Third Wave Comes of Age. New York: Putnam, 1983.
Salinger, Pierre. With Kennedy. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966.
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Cycles of American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
——. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1965.
——. Robert Kennedy and His Times. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
Searls, Hank. The Lost Prince: Young Joe, The Forgotten Kennedy. New York: World Pub. Co., 1969.
Shannon, William. The Heir Apparent: Robert Kennedy and the Struggle for Power. New York: MacMillian, 1967.
Shaw, Maud. White House Nannie: My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr.. New York: New American Library, 1966.
Shesol, Jeff. Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade. New York: Norton, 1997.
Sidey, Hugh. John F. Kennedy, President. New York: Atheneum, 1964.
Smith, Malcolm E. John F. Kennedy’s 13 Greatest Mistakes in the White House. Smithtown, NY, Suffolk House, 1980.
Sorensen, Theodore C. Kennedy. New York. Harper & Row, 1965.
Stein, Jean. American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy. Edited by George Plimpton. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970.
Thomas, Evan. Robert Kennedy: His Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Vanden Hauvel, William, and Milton Gwirtzman. On His Own: Robert F. Kennedy 1964-1968. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970.
Warren Commission. The Official Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (USGPO 1964). Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964.
Whalen, Richard J. The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy and the Family He Rose to Power. Washington, DC: National Book Network, 1964.
Witcover, Jules. 85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy. New York: Quill, 1969.
White, Theodore H. In Search of History: A Personal Adventure. New York: Warner Books, 1979.
——. The Making of the President 1960. New York: Pocket Books, 1962.
Wills, Gary. The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Mediation on Power. Boston: Little Brown, 1982.
Wofford, Harris. Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992.
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