Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball.

“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.”

“Filled with the vitality and spirit that made Jack Kennedy such a magical figure. Chris Matthews shows the cunning and determination beneath that magic. It’s an awesome and delightful book.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
 

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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

AN excellent read

User Review  - mowinograd - Overstock.com

A well written and thoughtful piece by CHris Matthews. Read full review

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
89
417
115
425
169
451
215
459

CHAPTER EIGHT SURVIVAL
169
CHAPTER NINE DEBUT
197

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About the author (2011)

Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is the author of Jack Kennedy—Elusive Hero; Tip and the Gipper—When Politics Worked; Kennedy and Nixon; Hardball; and now Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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