Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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.”
  

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User Review  - ShavonJones - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed the book and thought Matthews did an able job of keeping his personal politics out of it. Wonder how accurate a portrayal it was of JFK's romantic life and how Matthews decided which romantic aspects of JFK's life shaped who he was as a leader and a man. Read full review

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User Review  - ava-st-claire - LibraryThing

I received this book free through a Goodreads giveaway. Read full review

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Contents

PREFACE
1
CHAPTER ONE SECOND
13
CHAPTERTWO THE TWO JACKS
25
CHAPTER THREE SKIPPER
41
CHAPTER FOUR WAR HERO
65
CHAPTER FIVE COLD WARRIOR
89
CHAPTER SIX BOBBY
115
CHAPTER SEVEN MAGIC
151
CHAPTERTEN CHARM
347
CHAPTER FIFTEEN GOALS
375
65
397
CHAPTER SIXTEEN LEGACY
399
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417
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425
169
451
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459

CHAPTER EIGHT SURVIVAL
169
CHAPTER NINE DEBUT
197

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About the author (2011)

Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is author of Tip and the Gipper; Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero; Kennedy and Nixon; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions; Hardball: How Politics Is Played by One Who Knows The Game; and Politicians: The Backroom World They Never Show Us.

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