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John F. Kennedy Inauguration Speech 1961 | [John F. Kennedy]

John F. Kennedy Inauguration Speech 1961

In his 1961 inaugural speech, John F. Kennedy spoke of the challenges posed by the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union and urged "both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors". This speech also contains JFK's most famous utterance: "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country".
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That time. That moment. That voice. Kennedy's cool and confident 1961 inauguration speech reveals a sharp insight into the tense state of affairs between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Recorded two years before his assassination, it captures a time not only at the precipice of nuclear war but also the dawn of a cultural shift in American Society.

This is as amazing a recorded listen today as it was live. Listen to it if only for one of the most famous and effective calls to action in our country's history: "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country". That line alone makes this experience a clear Audible Select.

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In his 1961 inaugural speech, John F. Kennedy spoke of the challenges posed by the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union and urged "both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors". This speech also contains JFK's most famous utterance: "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country".

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    Michael Highland Park, IL, USA 01-18-09
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    "Can't Listen To It Too Many Times"

    I have heard this speech many times. It is still relevant some 48 years later. Kids need to hear this when they are young, I think it will show them that many things are possible but that freedom is not an entitlement but and ongoing process which needs to be attended to on a daily basis.

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    Ray Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-24-06
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    "Focus on the content"

    ... and you won't go wrong. This is an amazing speech and everytime I hear it I'm moved to a sort of patriotism that is impossible to imagine with our current leadership. Audio quality is bit lacking due to the age of the recording but this is definitely a worthy download.

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    Susan Kingston, NY, United States 10-02-12
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wanted to hear the entire speech. What I got was snippets of the speech. Not being there when the speech was delivered, this is disappointing for me because I want to know what was left out. When people edit books or speeches, you receive their point of view. I wanted the whole speech so I could make up my mind about the speech. But - I didn't pay anything for it, so I can't complain that much.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    What was interesting was the history and the mood of the speeches. Very interesting


    What three words best describe the narrator’s performance?

    Well - the narrator was JFK - so it was good!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was interesting for what I heard, but again - I would have preferred the entire speech.


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