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Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews
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Feb 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-biography
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Chris Matthews isn't one of my favorite talking heads on TV--too strident, too disrespectful of his guests--but he turns out to be a terrific biographer. His recently published life of John F. Kennedy is a riveting, insightful, fascinating read that doesn't flinch from JFK's emotional isolation, casual extramarital affairs, and diplomatic naivete. Neither does it shrink from portraying Kennedy as a profile in courage. The book's surprising twists: JFK's quiet admiration for Richard Nixon, his bold rejection of advice to bomb Cuba during the missile crisis, his frequent rejection of his father's meddling, and his willingness to twist arms on Capitol Hill. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for politics.

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