"What was he like?""" Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him "that elusive, unforgettable man?" In this "New York Times "bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in ...
"What was he like?""" Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him "that elusive, unforgettable man?" In this "New York Times "bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war. Matthews's extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O'Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy's first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: "I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father's son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know."
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This is a really good book with lots of personal details about Kennedy the man. It's a quick and enjoyable read that, if you liked JFK, will make you miss him all over again. Not overly critical of the political side but honest about the personal side of the man.
Apr 5, 2012
Very well written in both content and style - easy to read and informative; takes the reader back to JFK's time and provides details and context.
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