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Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy

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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
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published February 3rd 2003 by Dutton Children's Books
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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