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John F. Kennedy was not only a president, but also a symbol for America's most cherished ideas. In The Kennedy Obsession, John Hellmann takes a thoroughly original approach to understanding Kennedy's star power and his carefully crafted public image. Tracing Kennedy's self-creation as diligent scholar, bashful hero, and sensitive rebel-cued by cultural figures such as Lord Byron, Ernest Hemingway, and Cary Grant-and the images of Kennedy in the aftermath of his assassination, Hellmann reveals the painstaking transformation of private life into public persona, of a man into perhaps the major American myth of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231107990
ISBN-10: 0231107994
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Hellmann

John Hellmann is professor of English at the Ohio State University at Lima and the author of American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam and Fables of Fact: The New Journalism as New Fiction.