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John F. Kennedy: A Resource Guide

President John F. Kennedy, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front
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Finding Books by and about John F. Kennedy

The Library of Congress online catalog contains more than a hundred subject headings for books related to John F. Kennedy. To find works on any of these topics, select Browse, and enter the words Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 into the search box; then choose the Subjects beginning with option. You will get the list of Kennedy-related subject headings. Click on any heading to see a list of titles with that subject heading and then click on any of the titles to access the book's bibliographic record.

From among the thousands of Kennedy-related titles in the Library of Congress collections, the bibliography below highlights the most significant editions of works by Kennedy and selected biographies and other works particularly useful to general and younger readers.

Selected Works by John F. Kennedy

Claflin, Edward B., ed. JFK Wants to Know: Memos From the President’s Office, 1961-1963. New York: Morrow, 1991.
LC Call Number: E838.5 .K42 1991 [Catalog Record]

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Compilation of Statements and Speeches Made During His Service in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1964.
LC Call Number: E742.5 .K4 [Catalog Record]

Kennedy, John F. A Nation of Immigrants. Rev. ed. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008.
LC Call Number: JV6453 .K4 2008 [Catalog Record]

-----. Profiles in Courage. 1956; rpt. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
LC Call Number: E176 .K4 2003 [Catalog Record]

-----. Why England Slept. 1940; rpt. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981.
LC Call Number: DA578 .K4 1981 [Catalog Record]

-----. ed. As We Remember Joe. Cambridge, Mass.: University Press, 1945.
LC Call Number: E843.K4 K4 1945 [Catalog Record]

The Kennedy Presidential Press Conferences. New York: E. M. Coleman Enterprises, 1978.
LC Call Number: E841 .K374 1978 [Catalog Record]

Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy . 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1962-64.
LC Call Number: J80 .A283 [Catalog Record]
Note: This work is available online on The American Presidency Project's Web site.

Sorensen, Theodore C., comp. "Let the Word Go Forth": The Speeches, Statements, and Writings of John F. Kennedy. New York: Delacorte Press, 1988.
LC Call Number: E838.5 .K42 1988 [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies and other Studies of Kennedy

Bernstein, Irving. Promises Kept: John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
LC Call Number: E841 .B43 1991 [Catalog Record]

Brinkley, Alan. John F. Kennedy. New York: Times Books, 2012.
LC Call Number: E841 .B734 2012 [Catalog Record]

Brogan, Hugh. Kennedy. New York: Longman, 1996.
LC Call Number: E842 .B75 2000 [Catalog Record]

Burner, David. John F. Kennedy and a New Generation. 3rd ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009.
LC Call Number: E842 .B79 2009 [Catalog Record]

Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 2003.
LC Call Number: E842 .D28 2003 [Catalog Record]

Giglio, James N. The Presidency of John F. Kennedy. Rev. ed. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006.
LC Call Number: E841 .G54 2006 [Catalog Record]

Hamilton, Nigel. JFK: Reckless Youth. New York: Random House, 1992.
LC Call Number: E842 .H275 1992 [Catalog Record]

Kaiser, David E. The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
LC Call Number: E842.9 .K25 2008 [Catalog Record]

O’Brien, Michael. John F. Kennedy: A Biography. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2005.
LC Call Number: E842 .O23 2005 [Catalog Record]

Parmet, Herbert S. Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy. New York: Dial Press, 1980.
LC Call Number: E842 .P33 [Catalog Record]

-----. JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy. New York: Dial Press, 1983.
LC Call Number: E842 .P34 1983 [Catalog Record]

Reeves, Richard. President Kennedy: Profile of Power. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
LC Call Number: E842 .R358 1993 [Catalog Record]

Rorabaugh, W.J. Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
LC Call Number: E842 .R67 2002 [Catalog Record]

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. 1965; rpt. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
LC Call Number: E841 .S3 2002 [Catalog Record]

Sorensen, Theodore C. Kennedy. 1965; rpt. New York: Perennial Library, 1988.
LC Call Number: E842 .S56 1988 [Catalog Record]

-----. The Kennedy Legacy. 1969; rpt. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993.
LC Call Number: E842 .S57 1993 [Catalog Record]

White, Theodore H. The Making of the President, 1960. 1961; rpt. New York: Atheneum, 1988.
LC Call Number: E837.7 .W48 1988 [Catalog Record]


Giglio, James N. John F. Kennedy: A Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.
LC Call Number: Z8462.8 .G54 1995 E842 [Catalog Record]

Newcomb, Joan I. John F. Kennedy: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1977.
LC Call Number: Z8462.8 .N48 E842 [Catalog Record]

Sayler, James, comp. Presidents of the United States--Their Written Measure: A Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1996.
LC Call Number: Z1249.P7 S29 1996 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Anderson, Catherine Corley. John F. Kennedy. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2006.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 A63 2006 [Catalog Record]

Hodge, Marie. John F. Kennedy: Voice of Hope. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 2007.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 H63 2007 [Catalog Record]

Jones, Veda Boyd. John F. Kennedy. New York: Childrens Press, 2006.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 J66 2006 [Catalog Record]

Kallen, Stuart A. The Kennedy Assassination. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Lucent Books, 2003.
LC Call Number: E842.9 .K26 2003 [Catalog Record]

Sommer, Shelley. John F. Kennedy: His Life and Legacy. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 S65 2005 [Catalog Record]

Upadhyay, Ritu. John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 J68 2005 [Catalog Record]

Winter, Jonah. JFK. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2013.
LC Call Number: E842.Z9 W56 2013 [Catalog Record]

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