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From very early on in his occupation, John F. Kennedy’s attract used to be extra comparable to a film big name than a presidential candidate. Why have been american citizens so interested in Kennedy within the overdue Fifties and early 1960s—his glamorous photo, beauty, cool sort, tough-minded rhetoric, and intercourse charm?

As Steve Watts argues, JFK was once tailor made for the cultural surroundings of his time. He benefited from a problem of manhood that had welled up in postwar the US whilst males had develop into ensnared by way of paperwork, softened through suburban convenience, and emasculated via a new release of newly-aggressive girls. Kennedy seemed to revive the fashionable American guy as younger and lively, masculine and athletic, and a sexual conquistador. His cultural campaign concerned different well-liked figures, together with Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming, Hugh Hefner, Ben Bradlee, Kirk Douglas, and Tony Curtis, who jointly symbolized masculine regeneration.

JFK and the Masculine Mystique is not only one other normal biography of the younger president. through analyzing Kennedy within the context of definite books, video clips, social evaluations, song, and cultural discussions that framed his ascendancy, Watts indicates us the buzz and experience of risk, the optimism and aspirations, that observed the sunrise of a brand new age in America.

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