Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero (Paperback)
|Author: Chris Matthews|
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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.?Based on interviews with some of his closest associates, a new portrait of the 35th President by the host of
MSNBC personality Chris Matthews can skew alternately right or left politically, but in this glowing biography of President John F. Kennedy, he clearly establishes himself as a Kennedy fan. His book makes use of discussions with Kennedy employees and intimates, and captures the ruggedly individualistic, Churchill-worshipping leader who may have become a great president had fate not intervened. Matthews does not turn a blind eye to Kennedy's faults, but provides a complicated picture of the man, his overbearing father, the family dynasty, and the society that both nurtured him and was briefly led by him.