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The media reevalutes JFK.


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David Talbot
June 25, 2007 4:47AM (UTC)

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 the New York Times bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.” He is now working on a book about the legendary CIA director Allen W. Dulles and the rise of the national security state.

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