I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. I mean, "another Kennedy book." I don't necessarily agree with his conclusion that JFK was ultimately a self-made man. He relied heavily on his father's pull and money to get where he did, and he most certainly did not live a selfless life for the people. He always lived as in the environment in which he was raised. You definitely had your assigned place with him. It's hard to separate his aspirations and achievements from his personal moral character, which was sorely lacking. I think Matthews should have seen that it was more the era than the man. When someone is said to possess great charm, I say "beware."