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Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

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The enthralling, previously untold story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency.

In the summer of 1938 a tall, raw-boned Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his favorite sister, Kick, had gained entree to a closed group of young aristocrats. In the run-up to World War II, as Winston Churchill called
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Hardcover, 509 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
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Kirsten
I kind of separated this book out into two parts.
The first part is the historical aspects of the book as viewed through the lens of Kennedy's life. I thought that part was definitely a four or five star read. It was SUPER interesting to view WWII, the beginnings of the Cold War, and then the early 60s through Kennedy, his family, and friends. I learned a lot about that time period (mid 1930s to early 1960s) through this book and the people involved.
The part I found less interesting was the part
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Katie Baud
Apr 19, 2013 Katie Baud rated it really liked it
Incredible storytelling! It felt more like an on the edge of your seat movie than a biography. I learned so many little details that I never knew before. I feel like I have so much more insight into the man who would become one of the most famous men in history. I'll definitely be reading more biographys from Barbara Leaming in the future.
Kris
Sep 11, 2007 Kris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All
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JFK's experience in England, as the son of the Ambassador to St. James Court, informs JFK's future thinking and influences him, as President, to think more as a statesman than a politician.
Luisa
Feb 23, 2014 Luisa rated it it was amazing
This is a great view of JFK's political development. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life in England and the friends and readings that helped shaped his thinking.
Don Heiman
May 08, 2013 Don Heiman rated it it was amazing
I now understand Kennedy in a new perspective. The authoress give a rich treatment of foreign affairs, but hardly mentions domestic matters.
Leoctso
Jun 24, 2014 Leoctso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although little dry in a few chapters in between for my taste, overall an enthralling study of the president in a new perspective.
Diane Heath
May 09, 2016 Diane Heath rated it it was ok
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Maybe a 2 1/2 but the subtitle Education of a Statesman should have been a hint. Remarkably boring considering the subject
Gregg Jamback
Dec 04, 2007 Gregg Jamback rated it it was amazing
I was in the second grade when Kennedy was murdered. This book gave me a wonderful insight to the man and the events of my childhood.
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Camelot Kennedy was as rotten at the core as the original. A shocking book.
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Barbara Leaming is the author of “Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter” (Thomas Dunne Books, April 12, 2016). She has written three New York Times bestsellers, including her recent book “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis”. Leaming’s book “Churchill Defiant” received The Emery Reves Award from the International Churchill Centre. Her groundbreaking ...more
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