Stoll does a tremendous job as letting Kennedy speak for himself. This book proves what is widely already known by many, that is, liberals and pop-culture, media moguls have sought to rewrite American history and are trying their best to force-feed it into our schools and on our airways. Stoll litters the book with Kennedy's own speeches, letters, and recordings about issues and compares them with every presidential predecessor since.
Kennedy was known as a conservative while in the Senate and during his presidency. One of his arch rivals was none other than Albert Gore Sr, the senator from Tennessee and father to the climate master himself, Al Gore, Jr. The self called liberals of Kennedy's day railed against him for not being a liberal. Kennedy himself said that he was not and would never be a liberal. His wife stated that they didn't trust liberals. Kennedy's policies prove his stances.
Kennedy was for tax cuts across the board including the tax rates on the wealthy. He was for a huge military. He believed in using the military in other countries and situations. He believed strongly that America was a Christian nation using scripture in his speeches more so than almost any president since Abraham Lincoln. Kennedy compared atheism to communism and said both were to be detested and ostracized. He was against abortion as he declared he couldn't possibly understand how any sensible woman would kill her own child. He was for civil rights but was not for blanket amnesty. He believed in welfare and health care and his policies that he was about to roll out before his assassination called for them to be implemented but with a major work incentive attached.
All of these positions are hallmarks of today's conservative movement. In fact Stoll demonstrates without question that the president that embodied Kennedy's government style and beliefs since his presidency has been Ronald Reagan, a fact recognized by the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Reagan referenced Kennedy literally hundreds of times in his own policies. And much like Kennedy's brief presidency, Reagan saw a huge economic boom, successful stand downs from Communist nations, mainly USSR, and a major overall acknowledgement of Christianity's role in American politics and culture.
This was an outstanding book and one that if you're already a JFK fan, will make you love him even more. If you're on the fence about him, or don't like him, this book will give you great access into truly understanding who he was and what his desire was for our country.