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Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
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Dec 06, 11

Read from November 01 to 05, 2011

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I just finished reading Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. There is a deep lump in my throat. Chris Matthews captured in his book what has been missing in so many other books about Jack Kennedy - his soul. Maybe it is my empathy with Chris Matthews world. Forty years ago I was involved in doing graduate research on JFK; moving through the sources; interviewing Dave Powers; reading every single article and every single word Kennedy uttered. This was nearly 10 years after I saw JFK in New York City at the Commodore Hotel, at the Garment Workers rally, or the Auditorium off of Veterans' Memorial Hwy the Sunday before the election. Voting for JFK at 22 years of age and staying up all night waiting to hear and watch whether he beat Nixon. In the Navy, I knew doing duty aboard the USS Intrepid how close we came to nuclear war and how Kennedy's handling gave us a reprieve from eternal death. Yes, JFK's face should be with the others in the Dakota hills and everyone should read Chris Matthews' book...
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message 7: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Thank you for your service. My husband served on the Intrepid also. 1966.


John Kelley Thank you for you thoughts and I remember taking a picture of the USS Intrepid as it moved up the Elizabeth River in late 1966, or early 1967. The Intrepid was on its way to South East Asia for duty off of Vietnam. The Intrepid was one of the last warships to go through the Suez Canal in 1967 before the Arab Israeli war.


message 5: by Barbara (new)

Barbara He wasn't on the ship then. He was discharged in the fall of 66 because the ship was going back and his time would have been up, so they released him early. He was a communications officer. Did ROTC in college. Had only a two year commitment. The last of that lot. Taking our grandkids to see the museum this December. You've been there I hope?


John Kelley Yes, I have three times, but want to go back since the Intrepid was refurbished. I live in the Hudson Valley within 80 miles of the USS Intrepid. We are really lucky to have her saved from being scrapped. After college I served for two years in CIC with six months overseas and was on the USS Intrepid when Astronaut Scott Carpenter over shot his landing zone by 250 miles and we had to go flank speed down range to rescue him.


Kiessa John, few reviews touch me like yours did. Thank you for this unique perspective. I was born in 1976, so I have no memories of my own, but can't stop reading about the Kennedys. I will pick up this book in search of some soul! Kind regards...


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I've read so many Kennedy books that I thought I'd pass on this one. You've made me reconsider and I will find a copy asap. Thanks for the heads up!


message 1: by Bernadette (new)

Bernadette Sikorski john, thank you for your service and your keen insights to this book and a time none of us of a certain age shall never forget.


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