Synopses & Reviews
No issue is more hotly debated than how, or even if, a politician's private life affects his public competence. In A Question of Character
John F. Kennedy's two livespublic and privateare examined to answer this timely question. Respected historian and biographer Thomas C. Reeves reveals discrepancies between JFK's public persona, which has reached mythic proportions, and his scandalous private behavior. Most illuminating is the constant theme or Joe Kennedy's almost total control of JFK's behavior and politics throughout most of his son's career.
"The John Kennedy who emerges from these pages was not a man of good moral character. He was reared not to be good but to win." Los Angeles Times
Reeves has provided the most truthful and balanced assessment of John F. Kennedy to date. Written more in sorrow than in anger, A Question of Character explores the sensitive and difficult question of how people, and history itself, ought to judge the relationship between personal character and national leadership.
About the Author
Thomas C. Reeves is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He is also the author of The Life and Times of Joe McCarthy and The Empty Church: The Suicide of Liberal Christianity. He lives in Franksville, Wisconsin.