Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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“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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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Although Mr. Matthews doesn't talk about Kennedy's murder (assassination sounds euphemistic to me)each page took me back to another place in my memory and the unfolding of my life in parallel to JFK's rise, his meeting the demands of such an awful job, and his death. I didn't know about his illness, his chronic pain or about his loveless childhood. Even without these limitations, or perhaps because of them, JFK became the only president great enough to garner instant recognition on the basis of his initials alone. I thank Mr. Matthews for this funny, sad, engaging, mystifying and sometimes heartbreaking stroll down memory lane. I thank him for teaching me the back-story of JFK's life and resurrecting my memories. It was a pivotal time for me and for President Kennedy.
It is a wonderful read and I'm grateful for it.
Ron Hoggan, Ed. D.
For those of us who were alive when Kennedy was assassinated, a great sense of shock and sudden loss was felt. Speaking as a Canadian of but 4 years old at the time, it is remarkable that I can recall vividly how my entire family was riveted to the television, in disbelief and profound sorrow. The world came to a sudden and abrupt halt, and it remained halted for several days, in mourning for a President, a husband, a father, a beloved son.
Jack Kennedy was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and all of us - not just the United States - were robbed of the chance at the better world that Jack wanted to realise. Matthews reminds us of this well, while at the same time, he allows us to live the Kennedy campaign, and the Kennedy years, one last time. Thanks for it.
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This may sound like nit-picking, but the book has some annoying errors that a more careful writer and/or editor would have avoided. Matthews calls the President's younger brother Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy. His actual name was Robert Francis Kennedy. He says Senator Joe McCarthy died in 1956, when it was actually May, 1957. He also says JFK was chosen as America's 34th President, when almost everybody knows he was the 35th.
Errors like these make a reader wonder what else Matthews might have gotten wrong.
If you want an authoritative treatment of JFK, I recommend Robert Dallek's "John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life"
Update: I returned it for refund. Too expensive to be like this. I'll either get it in a hard copy or skip it.
One thing I will say which I haven't seen stated in these reviews is that I come away feeling that JFK was a conniving and cunning opportunist, stabbing many people in the back, playing both political parties for all he gain, all for the sake of his political advancement. In spite of all the stories I've read about JFK's flawed character, I've always admired him. This book draws all of that in question. Even though it reads like a valentine to a legendary politician, Elusive Hero actually presents quite an unflattering and even disturbing portrait of JFK.
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