Here are first-class archivally based articles on specific aspects of foreign policy in the Kennedy years, written for the most part by a younger generation of historians. The book can serve, incidentally, as a guide to the sources for further research. The editor's introductory assessment is very harsh, debunking the belief that Kennedy was "a fallen hero who never had a chance. Actually, he had his chance, and he failed." The individual articles, looking at the world's principal regions, support that bleak conclusion.