It's about Time

The media reevalutes JFK.

By David Talbot
June 25, 2007 4:47AM (UTC)
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My book tour, which took me all over the U.S. and the U.K., turned into a raucous debate over the JFK assassination (low point: "Hardball"; high point: "Fresh Air"). But the publication of "Brothers" also became the occasion for a sort of cultural referendum on the Kennedy presidency. Was JFK a Cold Warrior -- or a "warrior for peace," as I argue in the book.

That's the title that Time magazine puts on my lead essay in the current issue, which focuses on Kennedy's legacy. I was surprised and honored that Time asked me to write the piece, instead of choosing a predictable presidential historian. (I was also asked to write a shorter piece on RFK's suspicions about Dallas, as a counterpoint to the inevitable Vincent Bugliosi.) I'd like to think Time's JFK package is part of a broader reevaluation of his beleaguered and heroic presidency.

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David Talbot

David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of New York Times bestsellers like "Brothers," "The Devil's Chessboard," and "Season of the Witch." His most recent book is "Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke."

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