“Kennedy and King” reviews

New York Times: How Martin Luther King Persuaded John Kennedy to Support the Civil Rights Cause

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New York Times: How Martin Luther King Persuaded John Kennedy to Support the Civil Rights Cause

Early in this absorbing history, Steven Levingston tells the story of John F. Kennedy’s telephone call to one Coretta Scott King two weeks before the 1960 presidential election.

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Winnipeg Free Press: Men of the movement

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Winnipeg Free Press: Men of the movement

John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were two men from dramatically different backgrounds, different experiences and different perspectives.

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TIME: John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call That Changed History

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TIME: John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call That Changed History

Before dawn, on Wednesday, October 26, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was sleeping in a prison cell in DeKalb County, Georgia, when sheriff deputies aimed their flashlight beams into his face and barked at him to get up.

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Christian Science Monitor: ‘Kennedy and King’ portrays two giants of 1960s

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Christian Science Monitor: ‘Kennedy and King’ portrays two giants of 1960s

“… thanks to Levingston’s impressive narrative skills, the spectacle of this president confronting the most divisive issue of his day is consistently fascinating.”

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Newsday: Books on Kennedy

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Much has been written about both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., but this book . . .

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Washington Post: Kennedy and King is “an important, new book” and “simply riveting”

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Washington Post: Kennedy and King is “an important, new book” and “simply riveting”

“Comparing and contrasting disparate historical figures can easily be artificial, misleading, even gimmicky. Steven Levingston, however, has walked this tightrope magnificently.”

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New York Post: ‘Kennedy and King’ may be hottest book of the summer

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New York Post: ‘Kennedy and King’ may be hottest book of the summer

“Kennedy and King” by Steven Levingston, has a 50,000-copy first printing — and some industry observers are already picking it to turn into one of the hot political books of a long tumultuous summer . . .

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USA Today — New and Noteworthy Books includes Kennedy and King

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USA Today — New and Noteworthy Books includes Kennedy and King

What it’s about: Examines the complicated relationship between President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Library Journal

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Library Journal

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Booklist

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In January 1963, African Americans earnestly hoped in vain for decisive federal action to mark the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, action giving belated substance to Lincoln’s promissory note. Levingston here recounts the story of how those cruelly disappointed hopes surged anew just five months later when . . .

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