Most of the time, when I read books simply for my own education, I don’t plan on reviewing them. But this one was so good I had to share (which you might have noticed if you follow me on Twitter). I’ve wanted to read JFK’s A Nation of Immigrants for a while now, but after this election it seemed particularly relevant.
(From Goodreads) Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work—with a new introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League—offers the late president’s inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America.
As continued debates on immigration engulf the nation, this paean to the importance of immigrants to our nation’s prominence and success is as timely as ever.
A Nation of Immigrants is a short book – under 100 pages not counting the appendices – but it has huge impact. JFK’s look at immigration throughout history as well as modern immigration policies is a great overview of the subject. Before reading it, I knew some about immigration history, but I loved the detail in this book. JFK was clearly passionate about this subject, and his writing made me more passionate about it as well.
His writing itself was amazing (which is not surprising, given everything I’ve ever read or heard written by him). The book itself was well-organized and clear. It had the perfect amount of emotional appeal peppered with impactful facts about how immigrants shaped our nation. Ultimately, it was a pleasure to read.
Obviously I loved this book. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Seriously, go read it. It only took me an hour or so. (It’s fairly inexpensive to read on your Kindle or Kindle app, so you have no excuse.) This is a book I am proud to have on my shelf, and one I will be returning to often.