To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace

To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace

Jeffrey D. Sachs / Sep 17, 2019

To Move the World JFK s Quest for Peace An inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F Kennedy s presidency the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office by the New York Times bestselling author of T

  • Title: To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace
  • Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • ISBN: 9780812994933
  • Page: 461
  • Format: ebook
  • An inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F Kennedy s presidency the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office by the New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Civilization, Common Wealth, and The End of Poverty The last great campaign of John F Kennedy s life was not the battle for reelection he did not live to wage,An inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F Kennedy s presidency the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office by the New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Civilization, Common Wealth, and The End of Poverty The last great campaign of John F Kennedy s life was not the battle for reelection he did not live to wage, but the struggle for a sustainable peace with the Soviet Union To Move the World recalls the extraordinary days from October 1962 to September 1963, when JFK marshaled the power of oratory and his remarkable political skills to establish peaceful relations with the Soviet Union and a dramatic slowdown in the proliferation of nuclear arms Kennedy and his Soviet counterpart, Nikita Khrushchev, led their nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the two superpowers came eyeball to eyeball at the nuclear abyss This near death experience shook both leaders deeply Jeffrey D Sachs shows how Kennedy emerged from the Missile crisis with the determination and prodigious skills to forge a new and less threatening direction for the world Together, he and Khrushchev would pull the world away from the nuclear precipice, charting a path for future peacemakers to follow During his final year in office, Kennedy gave a series of speeches in which he pushed back against the momentum of the Cold War to persuade the world that peace with the Soviets was possible The oratorical high point came on June 10, 1963, when Kennedy delivered the most important foreign policy speech of the modern presidency He argued against the prevailing pessimism that viewed humanity as doomed by forces beyond its control Mankind, argued Kennedy, could bring a new peace into reality through a bold vision combined with concrete and practical measures Achieving the first of those measures in the summer of 1963, the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, required than just speechmaking, however Kennedy had to use his great gifts of persuasion on multiple fronts with fractious allies, hawkish Republican congressmen, dubious members of his own administration, and the American and world public to persuade a skeptical world that cooperation between the superpowers was realistic and necessary Sachs shows how Kennedy campaigned for his vision and opened the eyes of the American people and the world to the possibilities of peace Featuring the full text of JFK s speeches from this period, as well as striking photographs, To Move the World gives us a startlingly fresh perspective on Kennedy s presidency and a model for strong leadership and problem solving in our time.Praise for To Move the World Rife with lessons for the current administration We cannot know how many steps might have been taken under Kennedy s leadership, but To Move the World urges us to continue on the journey Chicago Tribune The messages in these four speeches seem all too pertinent today Publishers WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition.

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      • Jeffrey D. Sachs

        Is an American economist and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University One of the youngest economics professors in the history of Harvard University, Sachs became known for his role as an adviser to Eastern European and developing country governments in the implementation of so called economic shock therapy during the transition from communism to a market system or during periods of economic crisis Some of his recommendations have been considered controversial Subsequently he has been known for his work on the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, debt cancellation, and globalization.From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the United Nations Millennium Project s work on the Millennium Development Goals, eight internationally sanctioned objectives to reduce extreme poverty, hunger, and disease by the year 2015 Since 2010 he has also served as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which leverages broadband technologies as a key enabler for social and economic development.He has been named one of Time Magazine s 100 Most Influential People in the World twice, in 2004 and 2005.


    985 Comments

    1. I cannot write any kind of impartial review for this book. I'm all the way with JFK, and always have been. In recent years I have come across various writers who hold views of my friend John that concur with my own. Douglas P. Horne and James W. Douglass being two of them. In this 2013 publication 'To Move the World:JFK's Quest for Peace', Jeffrey D. Sachs is certainly a third.The author is the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He recently discovered JFK's Commencement Addr [...]


    2. UN special advisor Jeffrey D. Sachs (Price of Civilization) revisits the Cold War challenges facing the Kennedy administration between October 1962 and September 1963 during the era of Dr. Strangelove. In this careful study, the author zeroes in on four key speeches Kennedy delivered in the months prior to his assassination in November 1963. Specifically, the book focuses on the commencement address to American University known as the Peace Speech , also the theme of the author’s Reith Lecture [...]


    3. In this book well-known economist and public intellectual Jeffrey Sachs moves from the world of economic development and environmental concerns to an examination of how John F. Kennedy’s thought and rhetoric changed the dynamic of the Cold War. Sachs apparently came to this project through his friendship with Theodore Sorensen, Kennedy's primary speechwriter. Also, I suspect that Sachs came to the project because of his own quest to alter the dynamics in the world about global poverty, sustain [...]


    4. A cult of style over substance has developed around JFK. Unsurprisingly really - he was quite a personality with a colourful private life and the first youngish hip President who connected to a new era with new values. And he looked good in shades.But getting beyond the hair, smile, women and style this is a serious examination of JFK as peace maker, policy theorist and advocate for the big themes of the 60s - nuclear disarmament, the peace movement, facing down the threat of devastating war. Sa [...]


    5. 3.5Focuses on JFK's peace process legacy but exclusively through examining his speeches (which are pretty great). Insightful book, but has a tendency to get repetitive.


    6. 3.5 starsThis book looks back on John F. Kennedy's struggle for peace in the nuclear age, and peace in general.This book is insightful in the terms of peace, but it gets repetitive at certain points. It offers key notes and understanding to Kennedy's ideals, and while it was good, it was not worth the $26.


    7. Interesting book with a lot of great anecdotes and insights into JFKs numerous speeches and programs. Following a politicians career via his public speaking is incredibly interesting to me, as was the numerous mentions of JFK's great respect for Churchill. Nice quick read with a solid push for movement towards sustainable development as a method of achieving JFK's vision of peace.


    8. Sachs creates a brilliant telling of the causes, complexities, and consequences of Kennedy's peace crusade. He not only describes the context of the Peace Speech in excellent detail, but extends Kennedy's message and approach to confronting peace in the modern world. Overall, 'To Move the World' was a quick, engaging, and enlightening read.


    9. Very well done; re-reading some of JFK's famous speeches reminds me what an inspirational president he was. His speeches still are interesting to read and as fresh as the days in which he and Sorenson composed them. This is a brief book but very well-written though of course with a definite point of view. It should go without saying that the author greatly admired JFK.


    10. Loved, loved this book. The messages of peace are so inspiring and will be relevant as long as there are people alive on the planet. I'm re-obsessed with the Kennedy clan now and I need to buy this book to re-read.


    11. A good read. Found this at the dollar store a while back and certainly worth it. Gives one side of the Kennedy presidency and the efforts for peace during a very volatile time in our country's history


    12. The best part about this book was the text of JFK's speeches in the back, otherwise, overly enthusiastic language gave me the sense that this was a grown man's ode to his hero, written as an elementary school book report.


    13. Fascinating analysis of JFK's quest for peace, but all the more interesting as a forward looking blueprint for solving today's biggest issues, which Sach's rightly points out is climate change.



    14. Wanted to like this book as Prof Sachs gives excellent lectures on JFK, I was disappointed though, nothing new here and kind of more liberally skewed than it needed to be.


    15. Thanks Jeff, piqued my interest in Kennedy and Kruschev. I realize this wasn't meant to be a history, but a quick overview of Kennedy's approach to leadership (which is inspiring).


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