352: Ask Not by Thurston Clarke

352.23860973: Clarke, Thurston. Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America. New York: Henry Holt, 2004. 216 pp. ISBN 0-8050-7213-6.

Dewey Construction:

  • 300: Social Science
  • 350: Public Administration
  • 352: General considerations of public administration
  • +2386: Inaugural addresses
  • +0973: United States (historical treatment)

On January 20, 1961, households across the US tuned in to what they thought would be yet another lackluster presidential inaugural address. What they heard would change them. At just under 14 minutes, it was the fourth shortest such address in history. But packed into the dense optimism was a sense of history. It charged the nation to be actively responsible for its future, to cull forth a sense of duty. And all this came from a man who just forty-three years old, the youngest man ever elected president—John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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