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The Search for Senator John F. Kennedy: Author John T. Shaw Recommends 10 Books About JFK’s Forgotten Years in the Senate

Before John F. Kennedy was elected president of the United States in 1960, he served for nearly eight years as the junior senator from Massachusetts.

Week of January 5, 2015

Releases for the week of January 5th include MR. MERCEDES, Stephen King's bestseller that finds three unlikely heroes trying to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands; THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone, in which the lives of a veteran CIA operative, a literary agent and an author collide as the latter's book begins its dangerous march toward publication; THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL, Nadia Hashimi's debut novel that interweaves the tales of two women separated by a century who share similar destinies; and JFK IN THE SENATE: Pathway to the Presidency, the first book to deal exclusively with John F. Kennedy's Senate years, as author John T. Shaw looks at how the young Senator was able to catapult himself on the national stage.

January 2015

January's roundup of History titles includes GATEWAY TO FREEDOM, in which Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner tells the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom; THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY by Jan Jarboe Russell, the never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families --- many US citizens --- were incarcerated; IN THESE TIMES, a beautifully observed history of the British home front during the Napoleonic Wars by celebrated historian Jenny Uglow; and MARCHING HOME, a groundbreaking investigation from Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan examining the fate of Union veterans who won the war but couldn’t bear the peace.

October 2013

In this second installment of our History Books Roundup, we've compiled a number of titles releasing in October that you may want to consider checking out. They include TIP AND THE GIPPER: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews, HITLER'S FURIES: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower, THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester, and JFK IN THE SENATE: Pathway to the Presidency by John T. Shaw.