AirTalk for November 21, 2013

Before the White House, there was ‘JFK in the Senate’

Kennedy Addressing

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1962: US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, making a speech.

Before John F. Kennedy became one of the most famous residents of the White House he spent his formative political years as the senator from Massachusetts. Connections Kennedy made on a special Senate panel to identify the five greatest senators in American history helped seal his path to the presidency.

On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's tragic death, a new book by author and historian John T. Shaw sheds light on the years Kennedy spent in Congress and explores how his time representing his home state of Massachusetts eventually led him to the White House.

John T. Shaw, senior correspondent and vice president for Market News International and a contributing writer for the Washington Diplomat.

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