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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nina Joan Mattikow Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: GAA Corp. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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He was youth, vigor, and optimism personified. Born to wealth and privilege, he became a symbol of America. With his wife by his side, the young president ushered in a new, elegant, artistic, and cultural era in the White House. The postwar baby boomers were coming of age and Kennedy's tragic assassination became the catalyst for social and cultural upheaval in the decade to follow. Hear again his famous voice, the turbulent events, and the compelling life story of John F. Kennedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 2/12/2014

    " You know from the title that Chris Matthews is going to write about a personal hero. But I was surprised at how thoughtful and readable this was. I have read several other biographies of Kennedy and yet I still learned to things. I enjoyed getting to know Kennedy as a leader in WWII. Also Mathews spends a lot more time on the campaigns then on the marriage to Jackie. The setting up of grassroots campaigns for senate and later for the presidency are of particular interest to Mathews. He loves the power and and deal making that comes into play. Kennedy could play hardball with seasoned politicians and left Bobby to do a lot of rougher stuff. There are times for the mistakes like the Bay of Pigs but Kennedy learns and grows. Matthews mentions but doesn't dwell on the affairs but chalks it up to Kennedy's need for people around him constantly and his ability to compartmentilize. The book also fully skips over the assassination but moves on to Jackie as a young widow. A readable history, mild cursing and a few f-bombs (they were direct quotes). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 2/9/2014

    " Informative helpful in understanding JFK's world view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian Valvano | 1/5/2014

    " A very worthwhile addition to the trove of books on JFK. I like the way Matthews used material available through the Oral History Project at the Kennedy Library as well as interviews with everyone he could find that was part of Kennedy's life and career. I like the way he blended such excellent reporting with careful research via the body of published materials and archived materials at so many different places and some hard to find written sources. I like the way he did not hesitate to express his admiration for JFK as a President, particularly his emphasis on the lessons the president learned from the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the importance of his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis - which cannot be overestimated. I like the way he covered Kennedy's record on Civil Rights and on Vietnam, and I like his analysis of Kennedy's most important speeches. I like the way, despite his abundant admiration and even designation of JFK as a heroic figure, Matthews did not hesitate to emphasize the seriousness of negative aspects, particularly Kennnedy's blatant womanizing and the covering up of his medical condition. What emerges most forcefully here, more than in the more traditional biographies written by the historians (I believe I have read them all) is the complexity of character that the man possessed, the image of his not being entirely knowable. "Elusive" is an adjective that Matthews borrowed from Jacqueline, and it seems to be a wise one, in my opinion. And I have no problem with "hero," either, despite the disappointment attendant to the negative aspects that I do not in any way excuse. Four stars instead of five: no one can completely capture JFK, and this country is the lesser for the fact that he himself did not get to compose his own autobiography. (I will always believe that this country is the lesser for his having been murdered. We lost something. I will go to my grave believing that things would not have gotten as shitty as they did. But I digress.) Matthews did good work here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Clemons | 1/1/2014

    " Great book, it took me a while to finish because I had no time to. If you enjoy history on presidents this is a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calimakes3 | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent auto biography and insight into a great moderate of the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina Smith | 11/19/2013

    " Chris Matthews is an incredible storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal G | 11/7/2013

    " Loved it. As it turns out, I really didn't know that much about JFK- just the usual 'mythic' stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Lenhart | 11/6/2013

    " This was a rather "light" biography of one of my boyhood heros. Rather non-academic, but, I found it rather interesting and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/7/2013

    " I really liked this book. Chris Matthews is a wonderful historian and tells about the life of Jack Kennedy in storytelling manner. The biography gives the reader insight into JFK's political thinking. I like how I could remember historical events and rediscover them with more background details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/10/2013

    " I rarely read non-fiction of this length and it took me much longer than a novel with the same number of pages would but it was well worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Jacobson | 3/8/2013

    " Excellent book. I learned far more than I would ever have expected about Jack Kennedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Morrissette | 5/7/2012

    " This is a great book to read. It shows how Jack became the man he became. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Dean | 5/30/2009

    " Great book about a great president who overcame his personal issues to lead a nation. "

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