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Ryan Tubridy


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Book Description

April 1 2012
The fascinating story of the iconic president's trip to Ireland
 
The idolized, handsome, and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic president of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage and in June 1963 made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland, which he called the best four days of his life. Tragically, five months later he was assassinated. This fully illustrated book reveals the huge effect JFK's visit had on Ireland, a country that at the time was largely agrarian and extremely poor. It includes never-seen-before photos of the president and private documents that reveal how the Irish rejoiced in having a president visit their shore. This book evaluates whether the well-loved president, whose Camelot years some believe would have heralded a golden age, actually inspired Ireland to reinvent itself and instilled pride in the Irish people, or whether the myth of JFK just left behind an idyllic dream of what could have been. This is a fascinating, unique, and insightful read from one of Ireland's most popular personalities.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK; Reprint edition (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007444303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007444304
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #980,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the manner of Woodward and Bernstein . . . [Tubridy] displays a surreptitious gift for giving the foreground a fictive gloss in pursuit of the truth. Still pursuing the truth, his authorial master stroke is a simple one. He balances the subjective prose-eye with the more distanced eye of the camera."  —Scotsman


"If anything can fully translate the euphoria engulfing this first official visit by a head of state, it is the extensive and regularly beautiful archive photography that adorns the pages."  —Independent

From the Back Cover

A beautifully nostalgic look back at JFK’s historic visit to his ancestral home

 

"This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection."

—President John F. Kennedy, Limerick, June 29, 1963

 

For the first time ever, award-winning journalist Ryan Tubridy tells the fascinating story of the young, iconic President John F. Kennedy’s only visit to Ireland.  The idolized, handsome, and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic American to be elected President of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage, and in June 1963 he made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland. Five months later, he was assassinated.

In this fully illustrated book, complete with never-before-seen photographs and heartwarming stories, Tubridy reveals the huge effect JFK’s visit had on Ireland, and the affection Kennedy felt for his fellow Irishmen and his Irish heritage. He also portrays how those sentiments were reciprocated by a nation enchanted by the young President, whose people took him into their hearts.

Fascinating and insightful, JFK in Ireland captures with authority and integrity the time that Kennedy described as “the best four days of my life.”

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this detailed account of his visit July 29 2012
By Rosaleen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A well written and highly detailed account of JFK's visit to the auld sod. Easy to read, lots of photos and supporting materials. At the same time, it wasn't just a dry account of the facts, it folded in historical references and the emotional response of the country to weave together a well rounded account of the trip.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK in Ireland Sept. 27 2012
By majolie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I saw this book in a shop in Ireland when we did a tour of the country last summer and I was very happy to find it on your site when we came back home.
I did like this book because I feel interested in the relationships between Ireland and the USA and now I know what places President Kennedy visited, where he stopped...
It's also very interesting to read about the preparation of that trip, the security linked to it. Good book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, full of interesting asides Sept. 10 2012
By LeaR - Published on Amazon.com
This is only the second "Kennedy" book I've read and it was a fascinating insight into the Kennedy phenomonen. Anybody with even a passing interest in Irish American politics will enjoy this book, as will the more seasoned politics/modern history reader. The first hand accounts from those who were there during Kennedy's heady four-day visit to Ireland truly make this book, as does Tubridy's great story-telling style (he is the presenter of the prime-time Saturday night show in Ireland with a wonderful wit.) Kennedy's visit is said to have changed the man completely, but those four days also changed Ireland irreversibily, giving the country a new found confidence and standing in the world. Terrific read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good April 9 2013
By John Doherty - Published on Amazon.com
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interesting story of jfk time in Ireland just before his assasination in Dallas . I liked seeing the house his grandparents grew up in
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book March 9 2013
By Cheddar Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was incredible. Amazing details of President Kennedy's trip to Ireland. This books extremely powerful. Seeing quotes from Kennedy saying he'd love to come back and realizing he'd be gone in a few months is powerful. The pictures in this book were incredible as well. Can't recommend this book enough.

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