Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s shocking and saddening death, our country is wrapped up in an era marked by political division, partisan bickering and cynicism. But attorney and author Scott Reich believes that Kennedy’s inspirational and timeless message of public service and active citizenship—values that The Common Good so proudly promotes—has a new resonance today.
Kennedy made public service aspirational – even glamorous – as the nation’s “best and brightest” answered the President’s call to serve in his administration, the Peace Corps or other types of public service.
Have the intervening decades of talk depicting government as flawed, bloated, and often at odds with personal freedoms, blunted the inspirational Kennedy message of service to country? Join us on the evening of Tuesday, December 3 as we discuss the Kennedy legacy with Scott Reich, author of “Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation.” Just following the somber anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, it is more than fitting to reflect now on how we as a country can work to promote Kennedy’s vision.
About Scott Reich
Scott D. Reich is a practicing attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. In 2010, he was appointed by the governor of New York to serve on the College Council of SUNY College at Old Westbury. He serves on the boards of several institutions, including the Union for Reform Judaism, the School for Language and Communication Development, and his synagogue. Scott prides himself on his pro bono contributions, including work with the Brooklyn Family Court, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He earned a B.A. in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.
“The Power of Citizenship”
“Scott Reich’s book delivers a message of service and citizenship that is as essential today as it was when President Kennedy first asked what we could do for our country. At a time when it can be easy to focus on the differences that divide us, Scott makes a powerful and compelling case for the values that unite us.”
–Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)“Scott Reich’s The Power of Citizenship is the best and most interesting book written on the Kennedy Presidency in decades. But above all, The Power of Citizenship is one of the most moving books I have ever read on patriotism and citizenship, and the power of leadership to inspire both. This book will be read as a primer and a classic on the subjects it covers for many years to come.”
–David Eisenhower, bestselling author of Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945
“Scott Reich has produced a timely look back at the meaning of the Kennedy Presidency and, even more importantly, the meaning of citizenship in our democracy. The Power of Citizenship is a challenge to all Americans.”
—Richard Reeves, bestselling author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power
“Scott Reich offers unique and compelling insights into JFK’s focus on public service. Collectively, we must embrace President Kennedy’s message of good citizenship and work together to strengthen our country—especially for the next generation.”
—Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD)
“Scott Reich has thoughtfully conveyed President Kennedy’s inspiring and enduring legacy of commitment to our nation.”
—Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
“Reich’s book should move the next generation of American leaders to heed President Kennedy’s noble call to unite and achieve freedom for all.”
—Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
“The Power of Citizenship is an antidote to the pervasive cynicism and rancor that marks much of today’s politics.”
—Albert R. Hunt, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Committee
“Many of us of the Kennedy era have struggled with how to explain to our children why the years 1961-1963 meant so much to us. Fortunately, Scott Reich has found a way to explain the inexplicable. I’m buying a copy for each of my daughters.”
—David Shribman, Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pulitzer Prize winner
“The Power of Citizenship helps illuminate the legacy of President Kennedy and his Administration. This book is an important contribution to a timely discussion of the meaning and importance of the Kennedy years.”
—Kenneth R. Feinberg, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors
“Any American interested in civic responsibility and the qualities of true leadership can find powerful insights in JFK’s wisdom. These insights are aptly portrayed in Scott Reich’s The Power of Citizenship, a must-read for anyone interested in the importance of duty and citizenship in these turbulent times.”
—Christopher Kennedy Lawford, bestselling author of Recover to Live
“Reich’s talent for capturing lessons from the past is matched here by his clarity of vision on how we can use those lessons to move our nation forward. ”
—Governor Jack A. Markell (D-DE)
“Mr. Reich has done a service to a new generation of Americans to whom the torch of freedom—of which JFK so eloquently spoke—is now being passed. ”
—Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY)
“At a time when Americans have less faith in Washington to solve big problems, Scott Reich’s book is a heartening reminder of President Kennedy’s ability to inspire Americans to achieve great goals, ‘Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’”
—Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee