Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
Elusive Hero

68%

6 Critic Reviews

...Jack Kennedy is at bottom deeply unreliable, because it projects onto its subject a politics that just isn’t true to the historical record.
-The New Republic

Synopsis

The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling new biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball.

“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.”
 

About Chris Matthews

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Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball as well as the NBC-syndicated The Chris Matthews Show. He is an author of American; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; and Kennedy and Nixon.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 498 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Jack Kennedy
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 16 2011

Throughout the narrative, the author combines political biography with personal reflection.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Jacob Heilbrunn on Nov 03 2011

...Matthews offers a valuable reminder of Kennedy’s skill at uniting toughness with inspirational leadership.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Terry Hartle on Oct 31 2011

...the book is rich in thoughtful observations and insights. Even readers who are knowledgeable about the life and times of Kennedy will come away with a much deeper and richer perspective of this legendary figure.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by James Endrst on Jan 18 2013

... it's sure to be a hit with readers who love the inside baseball of politics and the Kennedy cult of personality.

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The New Republic

Below average
Reviewed by David Greenberg on Jan 19 2012

...Jack Kennedy is at bottom deeply unreliable, because it projects onto its subject a politics that just isn’t true to the historical record.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Good
Reviewed by Todd Robins on Jan 18 2013

...Matthews captures it all in this new book, while honoring Elmore Leonard’s advice to “leave out the boring parts.”

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