American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Macmillan, Nov 18, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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The last defining years of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

At thirty-four, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was still a man in search of his destiny. In 1995, all that changed when Kennedy launched George, a bold and irreverent magazine about American politics. Over the next four years, Kennedy's passionate commitment to the magazine-- and to the ideals it stood for-- transformed him. One witness to this transformation was Richard Blow, an editor and writer who joined George several months before the release of its first issue. During their four years together, Blow observed his boss rise to enormous challenges-- starting a risky new business, managing the pressures that attend a high public profile, and beginning life as a married man.

In American Son, with Blow as our guide, we see the many sides of Kennedy's personality: the rebel who fearlessly takes on politicians and pundits; the gentleman who sends gracious thank-you notes to his colleagues for their wedding gifts; the vulnerable son struggling under the weight of a mythic family legacy. Simply and sympathetically, Richard Blow offers an affecting portrait of a complicated man at last coming into his own-- sometimes gracefully, sometimes under siege, never without the burden of great expectations.

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User Review  - anneofia - LibraryThing

I had a special interest in young John because our own son David was so close to the same age. Our son died in a tragic accident. When Young John died just eleven years later, it seemed a double ... Read full review

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This objective memoir of John Kennedy Jr. gives insight into the last 4 years of John's life through the eyes of a close colleague and friend. It details the friendship and growing bond between the author and historical icon during some major points in his life. Read full review

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Contents

ONE
6
TWO
30
THREE
50
FOUR
65
FIVE
85
SIX
113
SEVEN
129
EIGHT
147
TEN
190
ELEVEN
208
TWELVE
234
THIRTEEN
263
FOURTEEN
285
FIFTEEN
309
SIXTEEN
328
Copyright

NINE
168

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Richard Blow was an editor of Regardie's magazine in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1995. He joined the staff of George several months before publication of its first issue and worked there until 2000. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, George, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones. He lives in New York City.

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