The Kennedys in the World, a new book by Lawrence Haas, tells a new, rich, fascinating, and consequential story about Jack, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy. From an early age the brothers developed a deep understanding of the different peoples, cultures, and ideologies around the world; a keen appreciation for the challenges that such differences created for the United States; and a strong desire to reshape America’s response to them.
From their childhoods in the first half of the 20th century, the brothers were prodded by their parents to learn and care about the world – and told they could shape America’s role in it. For more than six decades after World War II, the brothers shaped broad issues of war and peace as well as the U.S. response to almost every major global challenge of their times: the Soviet Union and China, the Cold War and Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Chile, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Korea and Vietnam, South Africa and Northern Ireland, and Iraq (twice). In their time, America was what it remains today – the world’s greatest power, with roles and responsibilities that stretch across the planet. Consequently, as the brothers remade America’s empire, they invariably changed the world.
Lawrence Haas, a former senior White House official and award-winning journalist, is Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a foreign affairs columnist, and an author. He writes widely on foreign affairs, is quoted often in newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on TV and radio. Over the years, his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and scores of other newspapers, At the White House, Haas was Communications Director for Vice President Gore and, before that, for the Office of Management and Budget. He is the author of six books. including The Kennedys in the World: How Jack, Bobby, and Ted Remade America’s Empire, released in March of 2021. His most recent previous book, of 2016, was Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World, which the Wall Street Journal named one of its top ten non-fiction books of the year.
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