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An unfinished love story : a personal history of the 1960s / Doris Kearns Goodwin.

"AN UNFINISHED LOVE STORY: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE 1960S BY DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED HISTORIANS, ARTFULLY WEAVES TOGETHER BIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR, AND HISTORY. SHE TAKES YOU ALONG ON THE EMOTIONAL JOURNEY SHE AND HER HUSBAND, RICHARD (DICK) GOODWIN, EMBARKED UPON IN THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE. Dick and Doris Goodwin were married for forty-two years and married to American history even longer. In his twenties, Dick was one of the brilliant young men of President John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. In his thirties, he both named and helped design President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and was a speechwriter and close adviser to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Doris Kearns was a twenty-four-year-old graduate student when selected as a White House Fellow. She worked directly for Johnson and later assisted on his memoir. Over the years, with humor, anger, frustration, and in the end a growing understanding, Dick and Doris had argued over the achievements and failings of the leaders they served and observed, debating the progress and unfinished promises of the country they both loved. The Goodwins' last great adventure involved finally opening the more than three hundred boxes of letters, diaries, documents, and memorabilia that Dick had saved for more than fifty years. They soon realized they had before them an unparalleled personal time capsule of the 1960s, illuminating public and private moments of a decade when individuals were powered by the conviction they could make a difference; a time, like today, marked by struggles for racial and economic justice; a time when lines were drawn and loyalties tested. Their expedition gave Dick's last years renewed purpose and determination. It gave Doris the opportunity to connect and reconnect with participants and witnesses of pivotal moments of the 1960s. And it gave them both an opportunity to make fresh assessments of the central figures of the time -- John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, and especially Lyndon Johnson, who greatly impacted both their lives. The voyage of remembrance brought unexpected discoveries, forgiveness, and the renewal of old dreams, reviving the hope that the youth of today will carry forward this unfinished love story with America." -- Provided by dustjacket.

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  • ISBN: 9781982108663
  • ISBN: 1982108665
  • Physical Description: 467 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-449) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Chapter 1: Coming of Age -- Chapter 2: "A Sort of Dead End" -- Chapter 3: Aboard the "Caroline" -- Chapter 4: A Pandora's Box of Cigars -- Chapter 5: The Supreme Generalist -- Chapter 6: Kaleidoscope -- Chapter 7: Thirteen LBJs -- Chapter 8: "And We Shall Overcome" -- Chapter 9: The Never-Ending Resignation -- Chapter 10: Friendship, Loyalty, and Duty -- Chapter 11: Crosswinds of Fate -- Chapter 12: Endings and Beginnings -- Chapter 13: Our Talisman -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Abbreviations Used in Notes -- Notes -- Photo Credits -- Index.
Subject: Goodwin, Richard (Dick) N. > Nonfiction.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns > Nonfiction.
Kennedy, John F. > Nonfiction.
Kennedy, Jacqueline > Nonfiction.
Martin Luther King Jr. > Nonfiction.
Kennedy, Robert > Nonfiction.
McCarthy, Eugene > Nonfiction.
Johnson, Lyndon > Nonfiction.
Speechwriters > United States > Biography.
United States > Politics and government > 20th century.
Nineteen sixties.
Genre: Biographies.

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