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Two Days in June is a mesmerizing hour-by-hour account that takes us into the Kennedy White House during the 48 hours that he delivered his two most significant speeches — ultimately changing the course of history.

Two Days in June is the story of the high noon of the presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It chronicles, hour-by-hour, two days in the late spring of 1963 in which JFK pivots, courageously and historically, on the two biggest issues of his generation: nuclear arms and civil rights. The story presents JFK in a granular detail as he appeals to Americans, in two memorable speeches, to abandon their prejudices and look differently at peace and freedom in the shadow of the Cold War and Jim Crow. Defying his advisors, who warn that both could cost him the next election, Kennedy’s initiatives will lead to the first nuclear arms treaty of the Cold War and the most comprehensive civil rights act in American history.

This is a fly-on-the-wall story of 48 hours in the life of one of the most celebrated Americans of the 20th century. It draws on new, sensational material: sixteen hours of uncut, unseen film shot in the Oval Office and the Justice Department. The story also brings to light the lost draft of the civil speech rights speech that JFK did not use that evening — even as he went on the air without complete text and spoke the last three minutes extemporaneously. In the rich Kennedy literature, Two Days in June is taut, atmospheric, and wholly original.

About the Author
ANDREW COHEN is a professor of journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written for the Ottawa Citizen, United Press International, Time, the Financial Post, Saturday Night and the Globe and Mail, and has written and co-edited six books, among them The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are, and While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World, which was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and Extraordinary Canadians: Lester B. Pearson. At the Globe and Mail, he was a member of the Editorial Board and a columnist and foreign correspondent in Washington. Cohen has won two Canadian National Newspaper Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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