“[Rabe] provides perhaps the first comprehensive analysis of Kennedy’s foreign policy to date.”—The Journal of American History, December 2010
“Rabe has written a balanced, insightful, valuable assessment of the man and the period.”—Presidential Studies Quarterly, December 2010
"This [book] is a well researched and well written assessment of JFK's foreign policies. Extremely informative and very well balanced."—AmericanDiplomacy.org
“An extraordinary study. A fascinating analysis and a worth contribution to American History and presidential studies shelves, highly recommended.”—The Midwest Book Review, April 2010
“Stephen Rabe does a remarkable job expressing the complex ‘world’ of John F. Kennedy.
In crisp prose and with due attention to scholarly debates and fresh evidence, he conveys Kennedy’s highest ideals and worst failings, indicating the multiple identities—Cold Warrior, friend of the developing world, arrogant imperialist—of a fascinating foreign policy president.”—Alan McPherson, Associate Professor of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma
“Based on recent scholarship and grounded in abundant source material, this is a superbly written, interpretative study by an accomplished historian. Scholars and students alike interested in a balanced appraisal of Kennedy’s foreign policy will find Stephen Rabe’s book useful and stimulating.”—James Giglio, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Missouri State University
“With its succinct narrative of key events and judicious analysis, Stephen Rabe provides the finest study of John F. Kennedy’s foreign policy to date. It is of value to scholars seeking the latest understanding of this crucial time in the Cold War and, with the excellent selection of documents, an ideal monograph for the classroom.”—David F. Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, Whitman College