Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy” as Want to Read:
Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
He would be a symbol of power, grace, and tragedy-but before he was JFK, he was sickly and scrappy, troubled and charming; he was a boy called Jack.

To Jack, it seemed as if his brother Joe, not quite two years older, would always triumph-in school, on the playing field, in his father's affections. Jack was the sloppy second son, the witty, disorganized dreamer who could
...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published February 3rd 2003 by Dutton Children's Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Jack, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Jack

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-48)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Neldehaibi7
May 05, 2015 Neldehaibi7 rated it really liked it
John F. Kennedy wanted to prove to his parents that he deserves the spotlight in the family. But, Joe Jr. is a lot tougher, stronger, and more intelligent, so it was a very hard thing to do. So, Jack goes through many tough times in his childhood all due to his brother and parents. Then, once Jack grew up, it's quite clear that he was the spotlight of the family. Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy is a book about determination, courage, and family loyalty.
Beth
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
It is amazing that a man who was only president for two years and ten months had such a profound effect on a nation, and that his life is still so widely read about and researched. Cooper's biography, with its' extensive collection of well-chosen and captioned black and white images on nearly every page, is excellent in it's singular focus on the youth of JFK.

Chronological from birth to college, with a final chapter on the presidency and the assassination, Cooper zeros in on the competition betw
...more
TrumanCoyote
Mar 26, 2013 TrumanCoyote rated it really liked it
That's JFK as a nipper...and a hearty job she does of it too. There's a bit of condescending to the reader (it's a kid's book) and a few instances of PC-related crap; but all in all, a thorough, balanced and digging-deep job, uncovering blemishes and all. The rivalry between Joe Jr and Jack is particularly well-handled; also Jack's slovenly, happy-go-lucky and tardy ways (and she thankfully never puts a moral spin on them--until right at the end when pretty much everybody was getting tired of ...more
Kasey O'brien
Jack: the Early Years is a biographical book about Kennedy’s life as a young boy rather than as the president. It talks about where he grew up, his summers spent in Hyannis Port, and his boarding school. It also details his family dynamic, offering up an image of a stoic, competitive father, an overly responsible older brother, and his adoring younger sisters. In this book readers can learn about who John F. Kennedy really was growing up: a lively and charismatic troublemaker who loved nothing ...more
Kyra Wonders
This book takes you on an inside journey into the personal life of JFK and who he was as a child/adolescent. I personally really enjoyed this book because it unlocked a whole new part of JFK that I didn’t know about. This book involved personal stories, letters, and accounts from the Kennedy Family that gives you an inside look into their life. I think what hit me the hardest was the fact that JFK had a sister with a disability and she was given a lobotomy which made everything worse. Also, who ...more
Kirsten
Nov 20, 2013 Kirsten rated it really liked it
I saw this on a list of Kennedy resources, and thought it sounded interesting. The book really takes its time going through Jack's childhood, and really dwells on a number of anecdotes. (In contrast his adult life is skimmed through in just a few pages at the end.) I thought the family pictures were fabulous, and that combined with some of his letters plus family reminiscences really gives a great depiction of.... a regular kid, who was fun and smart and snappy and didn't always pick up his ...more
Brain Faires
Nov 30, 2013 Brain Faires rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It showed that even a president can makes mistakes as a kid. It was also entertaining because J.F.K. had a fairly interesting childhood. It also briefly followed him through his adulthood until his death. Overall I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to . read a nonfiction book.
Tyler Smolski
Jan 21, 2012 Tyler Smolski rated it it was amazing
Just starting to read this book today Sunday 12/4 on free time at home. I'm interested in reading about him because my grandfather always said this was the one of the best presidents this country had other than Ronald Regan.
khorn3
Feb 24, 2014 khorn3 rated it really liked it
Not a very story telling fashion, but a good book to get information from if you are researching about JFK
Katherine Duke
Katherine Duke rated it liked it
Jun 29, 2014
Nick
Nick rated it liked it
Dec 04, 2013
Michelle Morrissette
Michelle Morrissette rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2012
Lrdz3
Lrdz3 rated it liked it
Nov 23, 2013
Annie Matthys
Annie Matthys rated it really liked it
Jul 25, 2015
Stacie
Stacie rated it really liked it
Jan 18, 2016
Shawn Thrasher
Oct 23, 2013 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was ok
Bland.
Linnea
Linnea rated it liked it
Dec 04, 2013
Mike Allmendinger
Mike Allmendinger rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2015
Dias
Dias rated it it was amazing
Oct 01, 2015
Claire Carmi
Claire Carmi rated it really liked it
Dec 15, 2013
Mary Napoli
Mary Napoli rated it liked it
Dec 26, 2015
Marsha
Marsha rated it it was amazing
Aug 23, 2015
Hanna Morgan
Hanna Morgan rated it liked it
Feb 28, 2014
Kellyb
Kellyb added it
Jul 29, 2011
Janel
Janel added it
Sep 13, 2011
Jacek
Jacek marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2012
Anita
Anita marked it as to-read
Feb 25, 2012
Brandon Condon
Brandon Condon marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2012
Terri
Terri added it
Dec 04, 2012
Mlovelace
Mlovelace marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2013
Sreevidhya
Sreevidhya marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2013
Dana
Dana added it
Sep 24, 2013
Jamila Heckathorn
Jamila Heckathorn marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2014
Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray marked it as to-read
Nov 20, 2013
Claire
Claire marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2013
Caroline Byerly
Caroline Byerly marked it as to-read
Dec 11, 2013
Mickslibrarian
Mickslibrarian marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2013
Kate
Kate marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2014
Sean
Sean is currently reading it
Oct 04, 2014
Holly
Holly marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2014
Gabrielle
Gabrielle is currently reading it
Nov 18, 2014
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book