Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451635096, 479pp.
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
What was he like? " "
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 that elusive, unforgettable man? 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. Matthews's extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy's first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father's son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.
Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC s"Hardball". He is author of "Tip and the Gipper";" Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero";" Kennedy and Nixon";" Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think";" American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions"; "Hardball: How Politics Is Played by One Who Knows The Game"; and "Politicians: The Backroom World They Never Show Us".
“If history at its best is about telling storiesthat bring the past to life, then Chris Matthews is a master storyteller, forthis fascinating portrait brings Jack Kennedy more vividly to life than anyrecent work.—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals