JFK: 100 Books 2017-11-26T03:14:46+00:00

100 Books about John F. Kennedy (1917 – 2017)

by Joseph A. Esposito

Books by John F. Kennedy

As We Remember Joe

Why England Slept

Prelude to Leadership: The Post-War Diary of John F. Kennedy

Profiles in Courage

The Strategy of Peace

The Public Papers of John F. Kennedy (3 vols.)

The Burden and the Glory (posthumous)

A Nation of Immigrants (posthumous)

Biographies of John F. Kennedy

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

Richard Reeves, President Kennedy: Profile of Power

Ted Sorensen, Kennedy

Joan and Clay Blair, Jr., The Search for J.F.K

Robert Dallek, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

Chris Matthews, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

General Books about John F. Kennedy

Richard Reeves, Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House

Jacques Lowe, The Kennedy Years: A Memoir

James W. Graham, Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

Jacques Lowe, Remembering Jack

Cecil Stoughton, Chester V. Clifton and Hugh Sidey, The Memories—JFK, 1961-1963, of Cecil Stoughton, the President’s Photographer, and Major Chester V. Clifton, the President’s Military Aide

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, The Kennedy White House: Family Life & Pictures, 1961-1963

Shannon Thomas Perich, Richard Avedon: The Kennedys, Portrait of a Family

Kitty Kelley, Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretrick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys

Books about Mrs. John F. Kennedy

Clint Hill, Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Michael R. Beschloss and Caroline Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964

Barbara Perry, Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, As We Remember Her: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the Words of her Friends and Family

Barbara Leaming, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story

Oleg Cassini, A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House

Hamlish Bowles, Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years; Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

Kennedy Family

Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Robert Kennedy and His Times

Evan Thomas, Robert Kennedy

Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Chris Matthews, Bobby Kennedy:  A Raging Spirit

Rose Kennedy’s Family Album: From the Fitzgerald Private Collection, 1878-1946

Jean Kennedy Smith, The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy

Scott Stossel, Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver

Mark K. Shriver, A Good Man: Rediscovering my Father, Sargent Shriver

David Nasaw, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

Edward M. Kennedy, True Compass: A Memoir by Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Peter S. Canellos, ed., Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Barbara Leaming, Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter

Kate Clifford Larson, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Times to Remember

Barbara A. Perry, Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

Pearl S. Buck, The Kennedy Women:  A Personal Appraisal


Barbara Leaming, Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

Robert J. Donovan, PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II

John T. Shaw, JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency

Sean J. Savage, The Senator from New England: The Rise of JFK

Thomas Maier, When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

Will Swift, The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London, 1938-1940

Edward J. Renehan, The Kennedys at War, 1937-1945

Lance Morrow, The Best Year of their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon in 1948

Chris Matthews, Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America

Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie, The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign

1960 Campaign and Presidency

The Speeches of Senator John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign of 1960

Theodore H. White, The Making of the President, 1960

J. Rorabaugh, The Real Making of the President: Kennedy, Nixon and the 1960 Election

David Pietrusza, 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon; The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidents

Jacques Lowe, Portrait: The Emergence of John F. Kennedy

James MacGregor Burns, John Kennedy: A Political Profile

Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, 1960

Ted Widmer, ed., Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy

Hugh Sidey, John F. Kennedy, President: A Reporter’s Inside Story

Thurston Clarke, Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America

Official Program: Inaugural Ceremonies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard J. Tofel, Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

John M. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

Richard Reeves, ed., The Kennedy Years from the Pages of The New York Times

Thurston Clarke, JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

William Manchester, Portrait of a President: John F. Kennedy in Profile

Jim Bishop, A Day in the Life of President Kennedy

Letitia Baldrige, In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House

James A. Abbott and Elaine M. Rice, Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration

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

James Robert Carroll, One of Ourselves: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Ireland

Frederick Kempe, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Robert A. Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power

Evelyn Lincoln, Kennedy and Johnson

David G. Coleman, The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Friends and Aides

Paul B. Fay, Jr., The Pleasure of his Company

Kenneth P. O’Donnnell and David F. Powers, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye: Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Helen O’Donnell, The Irish Brotherhood:  John F. Kennedy, His Inner Circle, and the Improbable Rise to the Presidency

Robert Dallek, Inside the Kennedy White House

Pierre Salinger, With Kennedy

Ted Sorensen, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History

Benjamin C. Bradlee, Conversations with Kennedy

Benjamin C. Bradlee, That Special Grace

Evelyn Lincoln, My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy


William Manchester, Death of a President

Gus Russo and Harry Moses, ed., Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination

Report of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

Gerald Blaine, The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break their Silence

Clint Hill, Five Days in November

Jim Bishop, The Day Kennedy was Shot

Ellen Fitzpatrick, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation


Larry Sabato, The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Political Memorabilia

Harvey Goldberg, The Campaign Items of John F. Kennedy, 50th anniversary edition