aWhat was he like?a 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 athat elusive, unforgettable man?a 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. Matthewsas extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth OaDonnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedyas first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: aI found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his fatheras son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.aaWhat was he like?a Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question.
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2011-11-01|