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JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President Paperback – Apr 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd; Reprint edition (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007444303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007444304
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,181,663 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

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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: HASH(0xa46490fc) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0xa45dc1a4) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ffe2e8) 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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4852a68) 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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46583cc) 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.
HASH(0xa49abf0c) out of 5 stars No state visit by any world leader anywhere compares to JFK's visit to Ireland. July 1 2016
By Jerry Guild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There have been literally hundreds of books written about JFK,particularly since the assassination on 22 November 1963.I have many of them in my library that have been written over the years.Although there are fewer of them being published today,the later ones tend to deal with the assassination now,as opposed to the period before that terriable event.When I first came across this book,I was very surprised that it was just recently published in 2011.This book was particularly interesting to me since I am now 81 and JFK made this trip to Ireland in 1963.That is now 53 years ago.I was 28 at that time and remember the excitement that occurred while he made the trip.Much has faded into the past except for all the crowds ,particularly in Dublin and Eyre Square in Galway.I soon realized there was much more to that trip ,when I quickly thumbed through the book and realized how extensive it was and what a great number of photographs ,illustrations and other items that were included.There is a plethora of both B & W ,as well as large colored pictures;most of which I had never seen.Not only does the book cover JFK's visit to Dublin and Galway,but also visits to New Ross,Dunganstown,Wexford,Cork,Arbour Hill,Leinster House,Dublin Castle,Limereck,and Shannon Airport.
The author also covers the earlier days of JFK's youth and times leading up to his election to the Presidency of the United Stated as well as the time afrer the trip and the assassination later that year.He also describes the affect the trip had around the world.
What this author does in this book is to show what a huge talent JFK had in relationships with people ,whether they were the leaders of countries or the ordinary people of all ages.It is hard to imagine any other leader who commanded and deserved the attention ,love and respect as JFK did on this trip as well as any other place he went.
The book is very well written and would be a treasure for anyone who has lived through the time leading up to and after the Presidency of Kennedy.However for anyone who was not living through the Kennedy era,this book will really show what JFK was all about and why he was so popular ,loved and respected .
Even if you have read many books,watched many documentaries and movies;this book sheds a greater light on who and what JFK really was all about..