John F. Kennedy

There Will Never Be a Unified Theory of JFK

What a year of retrospectives missed about the martyred president

What the JFK retrospectives all missed is that JFK was psychologically inconsistent. Only his context explains him.

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A Heartbreaking Contemporary Account of America's Grief for Kennedy

The New Republic Covers The Assassination of JFK

To read more of The New Republic's coverage of the Kennedy Assassination, click here. 

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Television's Love Affair With John F. Kennedy

The New Republic Covers The Assassination of JFK

To read more of The New Republic's coverage of the Kennedy Assassination, click here. 

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We Don't Need Another JFK

Fifty years later, Kennedy's legend makes life at the White House harder for Democrats

For 50 years, Democrats have driven themselves crazy trying to live up to a legend

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Although Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in American history, Oswald’s brief defection to the Soviet Union remains a relatively understudied chapter in the assassin’s life. This passage from The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union covers the months leading up to Oswald’s departure from the Marine Corps and his move to the Soviet Union.

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Abraham Zapruder had gone to work that morning without his Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera. He was 58, the owner of a clothing company, Jennifer Juniors, so he couldn’t remember everything. He was Russian and Jewish, born in Kovel in 1905. Then someone in the office reminded him, “Oh, Mr. Zapruder, you should get your camera.” So he went home and retrieved it, a Zoomric Director Series model, 414PD, a spiffy job for November 22, 1963. 

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On the fiftieth anniversary, a look back at Murray Kempton’s September 1963 coverage.

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Are journalists really paying attention to what candidates say, or are they too distracted? The neuroscience behind media multi-tasking.

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