Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Bridge Across the Atlantic

Professor Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (right) and President-elect John F. Kennedy at Harvard, January 1961 (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)
Union Jack: John F. Kennedy’s Special Relationship with Great Britain, by Christopher Sandford (ForeEdge, 272 pp., $29.95)

One could be forgiven for thinking there is nothing new to be said about the 35th president of the United States. Whether you’re looking for a minute-by-minute account of the Cuban missile crisis or a comprehensive tally of John F. Kennedy’s sexual conquests, you will not come away from empty-handed. But in this centennial year of JFK’s birth, veteran biographer Christopher Sandford’s new book, Union Jack, manages to find a fresh angle by focusing on just one aspect of Kennedy’s personality: the late president’s fascination (or “love affair,” as Sandford characterizes it) with Great Britain. This ostensibly narrow scope

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Radical

Long after Henry David Thoreau’s death in 1862, Walt Whitman praised him for his “lawlessness — his dissent — his going his own absolute road let hell blaze all it chooses.”


The Week

The Week

‐ George Romero, 1940 –2017. Rest in peace — please. ‐ The New York Times has revealed that, in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. got an e-mail from Rob Goldstone, a ...
Politics & Policy


THE CUSP OF SUMMER Geese in skies are on the wing. The pointed flock, triangle-shaped, Announce with honks the start of spring When tall green trees are softly draped. Trumpeting starts off everything Once more. Black ...


A Bleak Future for Wage Growth Robert VerBruggen’s “conundrum” about wage-growth stalling (“A Wage-Growth Conundrum,” July 31) clears up when you realize that the categories of capital, labor, and productivity as ...


The Latest