John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years—a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.
Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.
Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state—Ohio—of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.
Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Chapter 1 Childhood 1
Chapter 2 Bright College Years 26
Chapter 3 Raising My Right Hand 42
Chapter 4 War 67
Chapter 5 The War at Home 110
Chapter 6 Finding My Way 132
Chapter 7 The Old Senate 149
Chapter 8 Holding Washington Accountable 182
Chapter 9 Making Peace 190
Chapter 10 A Time of Transition 202
Chapter 11 Cancer and Comebacks 250
Chapter 12 Within a Whisper 281
Chapter 13 Dusting Myself Off 330
Chapter 14 New President, Broken Senate 345
Chapter 15 Mr. Chairman 368
Chapter 16 Diplomacy in a Dangerous World 408
Chapter 17 Getting Caught Trying 440
Chapter 18 Preventing a War 485
Chapter 19 The Open Wound 524
Chapter 20 Protecting the Planet 556
Image Credits 623