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JFK Jr., George, & Me

A Memoir

Matt Berman

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Description

John Kennedy Jr.’s creative director for George magazine presents “a vivid portrait of JFK Jr. that only a select few have ever seen, offering a touching and honest tribute to John’s legacy” (BookReporter.com).

If George magazine was about “not just politics as usual,” a day at the office with John F. Kennedy Jr. was not just business as usual. John handpicked Creative Director Matt Berman to bring his vision for a new political magazine to life. Through marathon nights leading up to George’s launch; extraordinary meetings with celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Robert De Niro, and Demi Moore; and jokes at each other’s expense, Matt developed a wonderfully collaborative and fun-loving relationship with America’s favorite son.

They were an unlikely team: the poised, charismatic scion of a beloved political family and the shy, self-deprecating, artistic kid. Yet they became close friends and confidants. In this warm, funny, and intimate book, Matt remembers his brilliant friend and colleague—John’s approach to work, life, and fame, and most of all, his ease and grace, which charmed those around him.

More than any book before it, JFK Jr., George, & Me reveals the friendly, witty, down-to-earth guy the paparazzi could never capture. Matt opens the doors of John’s messy office to share previously untold stories, personal notes, and never-before-seen photos from the trenches of a startup magazine that was the brainchild of a superstar. John helped Matt navigate a world filled with celebrities, artists, beauty, style, competition, and stunningly tender egos. In turn, Matt shares the invaluable lessons about business and life that he learned from John. What emerges is a portrait of JFK Jr. as a true friend and mentor.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 24, 2014 – Berman shares stories from his tenure as creative director of George magazine, including his encounters with a host of celebrities and his experience working as J.F.K. Jr.'s second in command. The author's humor and self-deprecation make for a lot of fun moments as he takes readers behind the scenes of many photo shoots, dishing on celebrity behavior such as Barbara Walters's playful flirtation with a notoriously disagreeable photographer. In addition, Berman details the creative process leading up to the launch of George with the iconic cover featuring Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington. Most noteworthy though is Berman's insight into the character and work ethic of his late boss, J.F.K. Jr., who he describes as an elder brother figure. Berman's admiration for his friend and coworker is evident throughout the book. He is portrayed as a talented, sincere, and charismatic guy who was known to poke fun at those he loved and could win over a room with his impromptu Fonzie impression. It is Berman's palpable grief and musings on wasted potential at the loss of his friend that make this more than a celebrity-tell all.

Customer Reviews

I wanted to love it, but....

Full disclosure... I've read just about every book I can find on JFK jr and Carolyn. While I appreciated Matt's depiction of Carolyn as a loving supportive spouse, I genuinely felt like it missed the grit of the story of the magazine and of John. Berman's childhood is interesting, however the consistent reaches to relate his mother to Jackie and his rearing to John's I felt to be awkward and unnecessary. This was not Carole Radziwill's " What Remains" or the thoughtful "Fairytale Interupted" written by Jon's assistant at George. It felt incomplete, as though Matt we're holding back the good stories for his friends. I'm glad I read it simply because it made me appreciate other works by his close friends even more.

JFK Jr, George & Me

Loved it! A must read!

Too much Matt Berman

This book must have done wonders for your ego and not muck else. Stick to drawing pictures...

JFK Jr., George, & Me
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 20, 2014
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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