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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


For Americans who remember Nov. 22, 1963, there is an understandable temptation to dwell on the nearly unbearable tragedy of that day. I remember vividly the shock and confusion of a 7-year-old, refusing to believe it was true until I ran home from school to find my mother in tears. The entire nation and much of the world was thrown into mourning for a young, charismatic president who had led us all too briefly. But with the passage of a half century’s time, it is possible now, and certainly more sensible, to reflect more on the life — and not just the death — of John F. Kennedy.


Burns, Nicholas. "Three Lessons from the Kennedy Presidency." Boston Globe, November 21, 2013.