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“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.”
Publishers Weekly Review
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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.
Great book about a great president. Very moving.
What a great book!
No more need be said.
I have believed in 2 Presidents, Jack Kennedy and Barack Obama. I never thought I would believe in another like Jack Kennedy. I feel lucky at this late age to have found another President I can believe in and consider myself just lucky to have another chance to believe in a President.