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When John F. Kennedy became president, he emphatically declared that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Fifty years after his death, the torch is once again being passed. Scott D. Reich’s The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation offers a fresh voice on Kennedy's legacy that speaks to a new generation and explains When John F. Kennedy became president, he emphatically declared that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Fifty years after his death, the torch is once again being passed. Scott D. Reich’s The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation offers a fresh voice on Kennedy's legacy that speaks to a new generation and explains why a re-discovery of this era is needed now more than ever. The New Frontier—the name Kennedy gave to his vision for America—was an adventurous time in our collective memory during which individuals were inspired to ask what they could do for their country and strived to fulfill their obligations as citizens—key ingredients to national progress that are less visible today. In short, we have a "citizenship gap” that speaks to the difference between who we are and who we should be. Reich breathes new meaning into JFK’s conceptions of citizenship and public service, evoking the enthusiasms and aspirations of the 1960s and the principles Kennedy so eloquently advanced. The Power of Citizenship offers an inspirational tool for readers seeking to solve the "gap” by providing valuable insight into how we can lift our country to new heights of national greatness.


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When John F. Kennedy became president, he emphatically declared that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Fifty years after his death, the torch is once again being passed. Scott D. Reich’s The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation offers a fresh voice on Kennedy's legacy that speaks to a new generation and explains When John F. Kennedy became president, he emphatically declared that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Fifty years after his death, the torch is once again being passed. Scott D. Reich’s The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation offers a fresh voice on Kennedy's legacy that speaks to a new generation and explains why a re-discovery of this era is needed now more than ever. The New Frontier—the name Kennedy gave to his vision for America—was an adventurous time in our collective memory during which individuals were inspired to ask what they could do for their country and strived to fulfill their obligations as citizens—key ingredients to national progress that are less visible today. In short, we have a "citizenship gap” that speaks to the difference between who we are and who we should be. Reich breathes new meaning into JFK’s conceptions of citizenship and public service, evoking the enthusiasms and aspirations of the 1960s and the principles Kennedy so eloquently advanced. The Power of Citizenship offers an inspirational tool for readers seeking to solve the "gap” by providing valuable insight into how we can lift our country to new heights of national greatness.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This book was won as a Goodreads, first reads giveaway. This year, we remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In the early 1960's he challenged Americans to rise up and give back to this country in proportion to what they had been given in life. He wanted those who had the better educations and the better standards of living to give more. He set the example himself early on by finding a way to circumvent failing physical exams so he could enter the navy and serve d This book was won as a Goodreads, first reads giveaway. This year, we remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In the early 1960's he challenged Americans to rise up and give back to this country in proportion to what they had been given in life. He wanted those who had the better educations and the better standards of living to give more. He set the example himself early on by finding a way to circumvent failing physical exams so he could enter the navy and serve during World War II. Kennedy's vision of the future was for America to grow and develop in all directions and frontiers. The war was but a briefly fading memory. People were getting comfortable with peace and the prosperity that was coming with it. Kennedy and others knew the country was on the verge of change. Technology was rapidly expanding, civil rights was a hot issue, the cold war was "heating" up and many other areas were going to have to be dealt with. shows that Kennedy's convictions were. These ideas are still of vital importance today. It is imperative for every citizen to give back to this country in order for the growth and leadership which has come to define the United States. As John F. Kennedy himself so aptly said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    luv 2 win/red this book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I absolutely loved this book. It was so inspiring. It not only highlighted JFK's beliefs on citizenship and how it related to his life, but it also talked about how you can make a difference and be a good citizen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Frank Mora

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."- John F. Kennedy "We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."- John F. Kennedy

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    Nice overview of JFK that ties in to the current era of politics. Well researched and written.

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