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“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question.

With the verve of a novelist, Chris Matthews gives us just that. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

What was he like, this person whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man”? The Jack Kennedy you discover here wanted never to be alone, never to be bored. He loved courage, hated war, lived each day as if it were his last.

Chris Matthews’s extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O’Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy’s first interview after Dallas. You’ll learn the origins of his inaugural call to “Ask what you can do for your country.” You’ll discover his role in the genesis of the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push to put a man on the moon, his ban on nuclear arms testing. You’ll get, more than ever before, to the root of the man, including the unsettling aspects of his personal life. As Matthews writes, “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”

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"Out of his gut interest in politics and love of reading biographies of American heroes, Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, probes the details of the 35th president's life and career to find out what Jack was like. He begins this book wanting to discover how Kennedy became the leader who, at a moment of national fear and anger (the Cuban missile crisis), could cut so coldly and clearly to the truth. Drawing on interviews with friends and former staffers, as well as on such familiar biographical incidents as Kennedy's rescue of the PT-109 crew and his resulting back injury, Matthews reveals a man who through inner direction and tenacious will created himself out of the loneliness and illness of his youth and who taught himself the hard discipline of politics through his own triumphs and failures. For example, from the Bay of Pigs — considered one of Kennedy's failures — JFK learned that there must be both clarity and completion when the stakes are highest and most desperate; know your enemy and your goal; and hold fast to what you're attempting. With this resolve, Kennedy reacted to Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis with a detachment that resisted the easy path of war that others recommended. Matthews's stirring biography reveals Kennedy as a 'fighting prince never free from pain, never far from trouble, and never accepting the world he found.' Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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and#8220;What was he like?and#8221;andlt;Iandgt; andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him and#8220;that elusive, unforgettable man?and#8221; In this andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war. Matthewsand#8217;s extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth Oand#8217;Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedyand#8217;s first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: and#8220;I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his fatherand#8217;s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.and#8221;

Synopsis:

A new portrait of John F. Kennedy based on interviews with those who knew him best, by Chris Matthews, bestselling Kennedy expert and host of Hardball .

By following the journey of Jack Kennedy’s life from his school days to the White House, through war and illness and his greatest triumphs, Chris Matthews brings us much closer to the man Jack Kennedy really was.

We know so much about President John F. Kennedy, yet even his wife Jacqueline described him as “that elusive man.” To MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews, Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. “Whenever I spot the name in print, I stop to read. Anytime I’ve ever met a person who knew him—someone who was there with JFK in real time—I crave hearing their first-person narrative.”

For years, Matthews has been collecting those stories. In Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, the bestselling author and Kennedy expert has woven those firsthand encounters with JFK into a great American Bildungsroman, telling the tale of how Kennedy grew from a child of privilege into a war hero and finally President of the United States, all the while coping with a life-threatening disease.

“In searching for Jack Kennedy my own way,” Matthews writes, “I found a fighting prince never free from pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”

About the Author

Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball as well as the NBC-syndicated The Chris Matthews Show. He is an author of American; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; and Kennedy and Nixon.

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The Civic Center, June 16, 2014 (view all comments by The Civic Center)
Did you know that John F. Kennedy (JFK), the 35th President of the United States, was a clever prankster? Or that he broke with his party to support a Republican in a Senate race? These and other lesser-known facts about the life and career of JFK make Elusive Hero a biographical treasure trove. However, what author Chris Matthews ultimately wants you to discover is what JFK was really like, personally as well as politically. To this end, the author weaves JFK's personal attributes--his personality, health, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, and familial relations--into the story. After reading this book, I felt that I had gotten to know JFK almost as well as his closest friends did.

However, to help me better know JFK's siblings and their descendants, a family tree would have been a wonderful addition to this book. Matthews' biography also omits the assassination narrative, which seems irrelevant to the theme of the book. Nevertheless, Elusive Hero provides an engrossing, revelatory, and intimate introduction to the life and career of JFK.
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writermala, June 13, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
"The World breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway. JFK was indeed broken several times as a child and his back caused him agony but it was this very back that was the strongest. This biography of Kennedy tells us about Kennedy the child, the man, the candidate, the politician and ultimately the President of the United States and the most powerful man in the Free World.

The Author Chris Matthews has managed at every stage to cull the essence of what defined this hero and it is indeed a gripping story of a man who was not only a great leader but one who fought without the benefit of war, rather by brokering peace. Kennedy's prowess as a writer is well- known and his "Profiles in courage," is legendary. His record indicates that he should be featured for his own demonstration of courage. Oh that there were more leaders of his ilk today!
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John McArthur, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by John McArthur)
Chris Matthews has written an excellent and readable book about one of our very last heroic presidents. It shoud be required reading for history buffs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451635089
Author:
Matthews, Chris
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Matthews, Christopher
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
jfk, jack kennedy, john kennedy jr, facts about john f kennedy, assassination of jfk, chris matthews, chris matthews hardball, chris matthews show
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b-w photos t-o; rough front
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Out of his gut interest in politics and love of reading biographies of American heroes, Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, probes the details of the 35th president's life and career to find out what Jack was like. He begins this book wanting to discover how Kennedy became the leader who, at a moment of national fear and anger (the Cuban missile crisis), could cut so coldly and clearly to the truth. Drawing on interviews with friends and former staffers, as well as on such familiar biographical incidents as Kennedy's rescue of the PT-109 crew and his resulting back injury, Matthews reveals a man who through inner direction and tenacious will created himself out of the loneliness and illness of his youth and who taught himself the hard discipline of politics through his own triumphs and failures. For example, from the Bay of Pigs — considered one of Kennedy's failures — JFK learned that there must be both clarity and completion when the stakes are highest and most desperate; know your enemy and your goal; and hold fast to what you're attempting. With this resolve, Kennedy reacted to Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis with a detachment that resisted the easy path of war that others recommended. Matthews's stirring biography reveals Kennedy as a 'fighting prince never free from pain, never far from trouble, and never accepting the world he found.' Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , and#8220;What was he like?and#8221;andlt;Iandgt; andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him and#8220;that elusive, unforgettable man?and#8221; In this andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war. Matthewsand#8217;s extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth Oand#8217;Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedyand#8217;s first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: and#8220;I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his fatherand#8217;s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.and#8221;
"Synopsis" by , A new portrait of John F. Kennedy based on interviews with those who knew him best, by Chris Matthews, bestselling Kennedy expert and host of Hardball .

By following the journey of Jack Kennedy’s life from his school days to the White House, through war and illness and his greatest triumphs, Chris Matthews brings us much closer to the man Jack Kennedy really was.

We know so much about President John F. Kennedy, yet even his wife Jacqueline described him as “that elusive man.” To MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews, Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. “Whenever I spot the name in print, I stop to read. Anytime I’ve ever met a person who knew him—someone who was there with JFK in real time—I crave hearing their first-person narrative.”

For years, Matthews has been collecting those stories. In Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, the bestselling author and Kennedy expert has woven those firsthand encounters with JFK into a great American Bildungsroman, telling the tale of how Kennedy grew from a child of privilege into a war hero and finally President of the United States, all the while coping with a life-threatening disease.

“In searching for Jack Kennedy my own way,” Matthews writes, “I found a fighting prince never free from pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”

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