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Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
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Jan 11, 12

Read in January, 2012

This book was written for us, the kids that remember when this life ended; our parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents leaking tears in the kitchen as they talked in quiet, secret tones. Do you remember the bomb drills in elementary school? Remember hiding under your desk, or going out to the hall and huddling up against the lockers? This book is for you. It's Kennedy, the guy. Some of it's not pretty. YAY. I'm not looking for the pretty boy. I'm looking for the rest of it. It's in here. Exhaustively researched, with scores of personal stories and quotes from the gang of male friends--Choate, Harvard, navy, local politics, national politics. Tip O'Neil. Young. Richard Nixon. The friend in the next office. Eugene McCarthy, the family friend. Oops. Chris Matthews tell the tale of how we got from 1938 to 1963 efficiently and effectively. And with considerable charisma. (I'm talking about the author, not the president.)
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