“LIFE IS UNFAIR” THE TRUTHS AND LIES ABOUT JOHN F. KENNEDY Part - II
By Eddy Joseph Neyts
“LIFE IS UNFAIR”
THE TRUTHS AND LIES ABOUT JOHN F. KENNEDY
Part – II
Eddy Joseph Neyts
If John F. Kennedy had been able to read about the myth-making, the debunking of his presidency and the revelations about his personal life, he would probably have been less than pleased. He would have agreed though, as an avid reader of history, that not all historians would approve of his policies and actions.
Eddy Neyts, in the writing of this book, unravels a big clash between the “Camelot” historians, who saw Kennedy as a man who inspired hope for the future, and the revisionists who claim that Kennedy’s presidency was more style than substance. The former still hail Kennedy as a man with a mission, an idealistic, passionate human being, a man who wanted peace and put an end to the Cold War, and who had the intention to withdraw from Vietnam. But the revisionists found him a compulsive womanizer, an amphetamine addict, a liar, a reckless, ruthless, corrupt, self-indulgent hypocrite, who only sought his own for self-aggrandizement.
It is argued that John F. Kennedy’s elevation as martyr and pop icon only serves to obscure his failings as a man and as a president. But this view, as Neyts explains in this book, ignores the many ways in which JFK has influenced American politics in the years following his death. Kennedy is rediscovered here as a president who was a work in progress; he matured on the job, and, despite his relatively brief tenure, left large footprints for those who followed.