An accessible, in-depth biography of John F. Kennedy that covers key events in his presidency, such as the Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and his assassination. It also explains the cultural significance of the Kennedy administration and how it contributed to a new spirit of optimism in the early 1960s. The book also covers how Kennedy's unexpected and filmed death still fascinates young and older people alike.
Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.