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The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball.
“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.”
“Filled with the vitality and spirit that made Jack Kennedy such a magical figure. Chris Matthews shows the cunning and determination beneath that magic. It’s an awesome and delightful book.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
From Publishers Weekly
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Completed through the Cuban crisis. Events following were lacking and poorly written. There were technical problems downloading to my I pad.
I was 8
JFK was my favorite president before Obama. I was 8 when he was killed and I well remember the moment when we were told about his death as well as the times before then when we drilled getting under our desks at school. This book gave me so much insight into the man as being a thoughtful moral human being who loved all of humanity. Thank you Chris Matthews. I am now a fan of yours for life.
As one who felt that the "little wooden desks" offered scant protection, this book truly speaks to me. An fascinating slice of history; a watershed moment; an unforgettable man.