The following books were considered personal favorites of President Kennedy. During his tenure as museum curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Dave Powers, friend and aide to John F. Kennedy, added other titles and authors that he knew were also President Kennedy's favorites (second list). For more information please contact Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629.

List of books

Lord Melbourne by David Cecil
Montrose by John Buchan
Marlborough by Sir Winston Churchill
John Quincy Adams by Samuel Flagg Bemis
The Emergence of Lincoln by Allan Nevins
The Price of Union by Herbert Agar
John C. Calhoun by Margaret L. Coit
Talleyrand by Duff Cooper
Byron in Italy by Peter Quennell
The Red and the Black by M. de Stendhal
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
Pilgrim's Way by John Buchan

Books and authors added by Dave Powers

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Writing and Speeches of Daniel Webster
Andre Malraux
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Henry Clay by Carl Schurz
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by James Marquis

(See also: Books, Personal Collection; Books, 122 Bowdoin Street; and Books, Favorites as a Child.)