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Kennedy Through the Lens    by Martin Sandler order for
Kennedy Through the Lens
by Martin Sandler
Order:  USA  Can
Walker, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Subtitled 'How Photography and Television Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Leader', this book for those ten years of age and older focuses on one of the United States' most photogenic presidents.

The author provides insights into how John F. Kennedy used the medium of television and the advances in color photography to further his ambitious agenda. The book traces JFK's life from his youth growing up in one of New England's most influential families through his military career in World War II and into the early days as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Of course the core of the volume revolves around JFK's days as the American president. In short two page chapters illustrated by full page photos, the reader will see how Kennedy was able to utilize the media and television in particular to advance the aims of his presidency.

This intimate portrait of JFK is not too detailed for a younger reader but it gives a good sense of the man as a brother, a father, an activist, and a president. It is the ideal jumping off point for doing more detailed research after getting an overview of this Kennedy's career.

Released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration, this nicely designed book will be an important addition to any school or home library. Not only will it enhance the study of President Kennedy's legacy but it also looks at the importance of media and television in politics.

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