6
Thursday
Nov
2014
Saint Paul Amphitheatre223 Main Street
7:00pm

Book Launch: Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History with Andrew Cohen

Hosted by Lawrence Martin
"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 Editor, Post-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Andrew Cohen

On two consecutive days in June 1963, in two lyrical speeches, John F. Kennedy pivots dramatically and boldly on the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. In language unheard from a president, he appeals to Americans to see both the Russians and the "Negroes" as human beings. One leads to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963; the other to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Based on new material -- hours of recently uncovered film shot in the White House and the Justice Department, fresh interviews, and a rediscovered draft speech -- Two Days in June captures Kennedy at the high noon of his presidency in startling, rich, granular detail which author Sally Bedell Smith calls "a seamless and riveting narrative, beautifully written, weaving together the consequential and the quotidian, with verve and authority." Moment by moment, JFK's feverish forty-eight hours unspools in cinematic clarity as he addresses "peace and freedom." In the tick-tock of the American presidency, we see Kennedy facing down George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama, talking obsessively about sex and politics at a dinner party in Georgetown, recoiling at a newspaper photograph of a burning monk in Saigon, plannning a secret diplomatic mission to Indonesia, and reeling from the midnight murder of Medgar Evers. There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy. This is the story of two of them.

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