Kennedy Through The Lens; How Photography And Television Revealed And Shaped An Extraordinary Leader


The author follows John F. Kennedy's life from childhood through his life as US President and ends with his tragic assassination in Dallas. In looking at Kennedy's presidency and the years leading up to it, Martin Sandler also investigates the role television and other media played in changing how we look upon the office and politicians in general. The volume features page after page of excellent photos.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an excellent book for classroom and home use as a general introduction to the life of John F. Kennedy.

Content Awareness Factors:

Hopefully, after reading this the youngster will want to read more about him.

Little Kid Reaction

I gave the book to one of our neighbor's daughtes to read. She enjoyed it and wanted to know more about JFK.

Adult Reader Reaction

I liked the scope of the book and the fact that it kept each chapter short (one page with a full page color photo) but still managed to cram in a lot of good information.

Type of Book:
This is a photoillustrated nonfiction book that is part history, part discussion of media and journalism.
Educational Themes:

Although the focus is President John F. Kennedy's life, the book is also a study of various media and their role in politics. It would be valuable to compare/contrast other books about Kennedy's life with the visuals of this one.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is listed as "young adult nonfiction," but it is also a good choice for upper elementary and middle school audiences who are learning about the presidents.

Title Kennedy Through the Lens: How Photography and Television Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Leader
Author Martin W. Sandler
Publisher Walker Childrens © 2011
ISBN 9780802721600
Material Hard Cover
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