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Two Days in June by Andrew Cohen
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May 03, 2016 | ISBN 9780771023897

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“He may have served for a thousand days but it was two days that made John F. Kennedy’s presidency. No one before Andrew Cohen has recognized that, and because of his signal achievement in Two Days in June, no one will be able to write about—no one will be able to think about—John Kennedy ever again in quite the same way. Channeling Theodore White and William Manchester, Andrew Cohen has changed the way we regard JFK in Two Days as much as JFK changed the presidency and the world in those two days.” —David M. Shribman, former editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Andrew Cohen calls the two days during which President John F. Kennedy delivered ground-breaking speeches addressing the great post-war threats to America—racial inequality and nuclear war—’his lyrical journey to peace and freedom.’ Cohen’s own lyrical account of these days provides an intimate, moving, and revelatory portrait of Kennedy that is superbly detailed and thrillingly narrated.” —Thurston Clarke, author of JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

“Using a literary zoom lens, Andrew Cohen zeroes in on forty-eight dramatic hours in John F. Kennedy’s presidency to superbly illuminate his leadership in a compelling and original way. It is Kennedy up close and personal, making history with two of his most important speeches—one carefully planned, the other a brilliant improvisation. Two Days in June nimbly juggles fast-moving presidential challenges at home and abroad, with fascinating new details of the drama unfolding behind the scenes on Air Force One, in the Oval Office, in the private quarters of the White House, and in the most exclusive salon in Georgetown. . . . Cohen’s analysis of the two speeches and their impact, and his assessment of their measure in JFK’s presidency is astute and constitutes an entirely original perspective. His research has been prodigious. Even Kennedy devotees and experts will find new tidbits throughout, judiciously placed in the author’s seamless and riveting narrative, which is beautifully written and weaves together the consequential and the quotidian, with verve and authority.” —Sally Bedell Smith, author of Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

Praise for While Canada Slept:

“A trenchant critique of modern Canadian foreign policy.” —Time

“Cohen’s contribution is invaluable. A book full of . . . rich detail, written with passion and engaging prose. . . . A must read for all of those who wish to understand the roots of Canada’s global outlook.” —Globe and Mail


Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction FINALIST 2015

RBC Taylor Prize LONGLIST 2016

Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature SHORTLIST 2016

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