Jack and Lem

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Carroll & Graf, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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Jack and Lem explores the enduring friendship between John F. Kennedy and Kirk Lemoyne Billings (aka "Lem"). Jack Kennedy and Lem Billings met at Choate and remained friends until the Dallas gunfire that ended Kennedy's life thirty years later.

Featuring interviews with Ben Bradlee, Gore Vidal, Ted Sorenson, friends, family, and many others, award–winning journalist David Pitts begins the story with the early friendship between the men. Though Lem never held an official role in the Kennedy administration, his friendship and insight were much valued, so much so that he had his own room at the White House.

This is the story of Jack and Lem and the climate for gays during he Kennedy era — the story of a great friendship that grew and survived against the odds.

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This is an indepth look at the relationship between John Kennedy and LeMoyne Billings and how their friendship lasted from their rooming together in prep school through the gunshots on a Dallas street thirty years later. Read full review


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David Pitts is an internationally recognized journalist whose work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers worldwide, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Science Monitor. He’s worked as a senior writer at the U.S. Information Agency/Voice of America, and his writings on the Kennedy family have been disseminated around the world.

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