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"An exciting dose of nostalgia... sweet, heartfelt."—Publishers Weekly
"A must read!"—The Boston Herald
Posted July 2, 2004
This is a book by someone who really knew John Jr. as a very close friend. The book is not exploitive of that relationship, but gives a portrayal of John, and his mother Jackie Onassis and wife Carolyn, from a personal, and very human perspective. No glitz, no gloss, and no spin on these so, so famous people. No editorializing, speculation or conjecture as to what was happening or what John was thinking. Littel was there. It is straight up telling, with love and respect, and that sets this book completely apart from all others of the genre. When one looks at several of the unique candide pictures included in the text, one sees the genuine, happy smile that was John F Kennedy Jr. The reader will come closest to knowing that smile, and the human being behind the smile, from this book, especially when compared to any other book, movie or show about John or his family. The book is filled with little gems (and a few big ones), which the careful reader will fully appreciate. The middle of the book may prove to contain too much male bonding hi-jinks for many readers (especially for women), but the last third of the book cannot be put down and will bring tears to all readers' eyes. A brave and worthy contribution from a true friend. A very satisfying read.
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Posted October 20, 2004
I read this book in 3 days. Well written, easy flow of words, one you don't want to put down. The book describes John as a regular guy. I got to see another side of John I knew existed, but never really read about.. Great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2004
I am a great lover of reading books about the Kennedy family. I've recently read 'The Other Man' by Michael Bergin who was Carolyn Bessette's ex-lover. That book pales in comparison to this book by Rob Littell. In the book by Michael Bergin, there were very few pictures of Michael and Carolyn who were supposedly together for years. In 'The Men We Became', there are many pictures of the author with JFK Jr. I think the most credible piece of information was the fact that Mr. Littell was one of the 40 people invited to JFK Jr's wedding on Cumberland Island in Georgia. This book, while painting a very positive picture of JFK JR., gives the reader many private glimpses of things that happened 'behind the scenes'. Mr. Littell enjoyed a 20 year friendship with John, starting on their first day at Brown University in 1979 and ending with John's death in 1999. The author gives us verbal tours of Jackie O's Manhattan apartment as well as Red Gate Farm - her Marthas Vineyard compound. I read this book in one night - I just couldn't put it down. I also didn't want it to end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2004
Having been a Kennedyphile for many years, I have read almost every book about the family. I have found this particular book to be one of the best on JFK Jr. Rob Littell wrote an excellent memoir of his friendship with John. Unlike Michael Bergin's 'The Other Man', which I found horrifying, Rob takes us along in his journey with John over the 20 years of friendship and love he shared with him. A great work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2004
For those with a case of Kennedy mania here's one more author promising to reveal hitherto unknown information - this time about John F. Kennedy, Jr. As read by the author, it is an engaging tribute to a friend. Not at all a polished voice performer, Littell delivers his work conversationally. This, to a great degree, makes the listening even more enjoyable. As the author recounts conversations he shared with JFK, Jr., the listener almost feels as if he/she had been a third party sharing these times. The pair met during orientation week at Brown University, and soon became friends. This was a friendship that was to span graduation and their professional lives. Littell took part in Kennedy's wedding to Carolyn Bessette and a too short three years later served as a pallbearer at his funeral. Among the confidences Kennedy shared with the author were remarks concerning his relationships with other family members, his now widely publicized marital problems, and his hopes for the future. Rather than exploitive, this listener found Littell's work to have come from the heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.