Author Series with Dr. Larry Sabato


Wednesday, October 30, 2013
10-11 a.m.
Book Signing with the Author of The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Visitors Center

John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of the president’s assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors. In The Kennedy Half-Century, Sabato reexamines JFK’s assassination using heretofore unseen information to which he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary effect the assassination has had on Americans of every modern generation through the most extensive survey ever undertaken on the public’s view of a historical figure. The full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal killing. Just as significantly, Sabato shows how JFK’s presidency has strongly influenced the policies and decisions—often in surprising ways—of every president since.

Admission to the event is free; no reservations are required. The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

About the Author:
Dr. Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the renowned Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. He is also the University Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his doctorate from Oxford, and is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics, including The Rise of Political Consultants, Feeding Frenzy, A More Perfect Constitution, and Barack Obama and the New America. Dr. Sabato is a well-known election analyst who has appeared on television news shows hundreds of times. In 2013 Dr. Sabato won an Emmy for the documentary Out of Order, which he produced to highlight the dysfunctional U.S. Senate. He directs the Crystal Ball website, which has an unparalleled record of accuracy in predicting U.S. elections.