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In 1963, the President of the United States (a never mentioned John F. Kennedy) is assassinated. A young intern at the hospital where the president is taken is overwrought with emotion over the loss of this man and manages to procure some cells from his wound. Preserving the cells, Dr. Thor Bitterbaum goes on a search for a sponsor for his plan to clone the president. He finds wealthy insurance magnate, Gerald Kellogg and they conspire to recreate Kennedy¿s life in order to groom the `clonee¿ for the presidency. What follows is a riveting story of how the `clonee,¿ Joshua F. Kellogg, is brought up and his dawning awareness of what he actually is. `Uncle Thor,¿ who is now the Kellogg family doctor, his emotions tempered by conscience, raises the question of what right does Gerald Kellogg have to manipulate the `clonee¿s¿ life? To Kellogg, however, the `clonee¿ is not his adopted son, but an investment and he demand¿s a return on it. The book was written back in 1973 when cloning was still science fiction. We now know that cloning is far from being perfect, thanks to Dolly the sheep, yet this story is still a page turner. While Ms. Freedman does not get deep into debate, her book raises questions of nature vs. nurture, rights of the `clonee¿ and the morality of messing with Nature. If Adolph Hitler were cloned today and brought up in New Jersey, would he still grow up to be the man he was, or would he be someone completely different? Just because we have the power to do certain things, should we be doing them? My only criticism, and it is a minor one, is that I was a little dissatisfied with how the book ended. I am sure that the debate over whether or not we are playing God in regards to cloning will rage on for at least another generation. I do not know if this book will have any impact on that debate, but you will be intrigued.