Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews
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Jack Kennedy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am genuinely stunned. The Kennedy family never interested me much but I read this grudgingly on my husband's constant urgings. Though I wasn't born until the 80's, I still assumed I knew all there was to know about this family through countless documentaries. Not only did I learn things I never would have imagined, but I saw them in a far different and more human light than documentaries or other books would have us believe. This book is a brilliant eye-opener, respectful and moderate in praise and realistic in scope. It neither worships nor apologizes, treating this enigmatic figure with common sense and rare logic. You will be touched after reading this, whether you have an interest in JFK or not. This painstakingly well researched account of his life will forever change how you think of our former president.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have read about JFK He is for me a childhood hero, but Matthews neither pretends he is flawless, nor does he underestimate his heroic and important contributions A fine read!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Yes, there were a couple historical inaccuracies which many Americans woud know, such as Robert Kennedy's middle name. Those errors do not take away from the fact that this book gives great insight into the life of Jack Kennedy. Chris Matthews had the inside track on research for the book from his days as an aide to Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill and his work in the news media gave him access to many people who worked with Kennedy. The book reads almost like a novel, detailing both personal and professional events in Kennedy's life. The influence of Joe Kennedy Sr. in state and national politics is seen as a huge factor in his son, Jack's, rise in politics. Who can think of the Cuban Missile Crisis without remembering what an important event it was in Jack's career? I did wonder at how little prose was devoted to Jacqueline Kennedy. Perhaps this was to emphasize what a small part of Kennedy's life she really was, due to the numerous encounters Jack had with other women. This is a thoughtful look at a man who was not perfect, but rather a man who took advantage of opportunities he was born with and those he created. I remember growing up hearing that Jack and Jackie made people believe in the pagentry and vision of Camelot. This book allowed me to see both that side and also that of the ambition of a hard-working, privileged young man. Recommended for all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well-researched, well-documented and beautifully written biography. The election of 1960 was the first one in which I was old enough to vote, and I remember those years very vividly. Chris Matthews has captured the mood of the times and given me behind-the- scenes insights that are invaluable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i always wanted to know about the Kennedys and since i was not even born yet when he was assasinated, this book give me an idea of who he was
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is annoying on TV, but this a wonderful biography of the late great John F. Kennedy. Love the quotes from Patrick Moynihan.
Frruss More than 1 year ago
Chris brought Kennedy's store to life... Wonderful book... If you want to know the inner man this is the book to read...
mryoda More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews writes well and the subject is so engaging. Many reviewers have made a great deal about the lack of 'new' information in this biography; however, I think it is a good sweeping bio which does not bog down and it is easy to read. I think the author deals well with both the successes and the tragedies and I wish there was a final chapter summing these up in a more complete fashion. I think Mr. Matthews stays true to his thesis - no one really knew this man completely, but he meant so much to so many. Great Job and good writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely invested in this book. Kennedy may have not been the best husband but he was an outstanding politician and in my opinion, single handily kept us out of WW III! I highly recommend this book, it's a terrific read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book, gives more details of his life before becoming president.
Marjean More than 1 year ago
As a child of the sixties, I loved Jack Kennedy and Chris Matthews captured the man and the time. Excellent read, a must buy!!!
judyofchelan More than 1 year ago
This book gives the reader a great understanding of the man that was taken from us way too soon. This book gives the reader a understand of all the pain he had in his life and the great care he gave to understanding the needs of the people of the world. Great reading for the younger people whom did not get to know the man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best and most interesting books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. An excellent read. Thank you, Chris Matthews. All of Philly is quite proud of you.
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