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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451697015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451697018
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Told with unprecedented candor and wit. . . . Matt paints a vivid portrait of JFK Jr., that only a select few have ever seen, offering a touching and honest tribute to John’s legacy.” (Bookreporter)

“Berman seems to have saved every photo and scrap of paper from those days.” (New York Post)

“The author’s humor and self-deprecation make for a lot of fun moments as he takes readers behind the scenes of many photo shoots, dishing on celebrity behavior such as Barbara Walters’s playful flirtation with a notoriously disagreeable photographer. In addition, Berman details the creative process leading up to the launch of George.. . . Most noteworthy though is Berman’s insight into the character and work ethic of his late boss. . . . It is Berman’s palpable grief and musings on wasted potential at the loss of his friend that make this more than a celebrity-tell all.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Nearly 15 years after Kennedy died in a plane crash at age 38, Berman is looking back at those heady days and recalling his friend in a new memoir." (USA Today)

“Berman recounts his relationship with JFK Jr., both personal and professional.” (Library Journal)

“For a shy young art director, being hired to design John F. Kennedy Jr.’s new magazine was both daunting and exhilarating.” (Vanity Fair)

A perfectly-timed, personal, funny and fascinating look back on the mid-90's publishing world. I read it in one sitting. (Julie Klausner, Comedian)

About the Author

Since the 1990s, creative director Matt Berman has been collaborating with some of the most influential photographers in fashion and art to create some of the industry’s most enduring imagery in print. In 1995, Matt was hired by JFK Jr. to serve as the creative director of George magazine. He wor­ked side-by-side with John until his death in 1999 to craft his boss’s unique vision for a new kind of magazine. Matt then moved to Paris and continued to serve as creative director on several French magazine titles and advertising campaigns. Presently, Matt is a creative director living in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Berman writes from his heart and soul.
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Extremely well written by the author who brings you along on his journey of his life before, during and a little bit after George.
Michele Flynn
If you're obsessed with JFK, Jr. this is a must read.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Heath on May 25, 2014
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I have read many books on the Kennedys and JFK Jr. specifically. This is the only one that made me see him as a normal individual. I loved the stories of the ribbing and practical jokes JFK Jr dished out to Matt Berman and others. It is very rare that you read anything deragatory about JFK Jr. and he seemed to be honestly loved by all who really knew him. I also was glad to read that Carolyn was also a lovely person. She is so often depicted as an ice princess and did come across that way in many photos. It appears that she also was loved by all who really knew her. I would have liked to read more about her sister Lauren and how she interacted with JFK Jr.

JFK Jr seemed to be an old soul and taught life lessons to his friends in how to interact with people. He had a wonderful life that was cut way too short. This book brings out the human side of JFK Jr. rather than put him on a pedestal.

The book is also about Matt Berman, his life, and how he got to his position at the magazine George. I enjoyed the parts about how they decided on their covers for the magazine and how they went about photographing them. My only criticism about the book is that it was just too short. It left me wanting to know more and read more about this fasinating man and the people who worked and interacted with him.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Author Sk Llc Koones on May 24, 2014
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This is a very touching and interesting book about JFK Jr. and his time at George Magazine. Berman offers great insight into the person he was, rather than the image many of us have of John, the icon. Both John and Matt are very interesting people and this book shines a light on both. I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A reader from Philadelphia. on June 20, 2014
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An honest tale of how a decent and talented guy brushed shoulders with stardom. And how he had to compromise his standards because JFK, Jr. wanted a serif on a san serif type face. Berman's fascinating account of how he put together an outstanding magazine is told with honesty and humility--which is refreshing for someone in his field. Berman brings JFK back to life, and tells the life lessons his boss taught him. It's such a good read that you don't want it to end-- because we know how it tragically ends. John F. Kennedy, Jr. was portrayed as American royalty by the press. But we see that he wanted to be treated as a regular guy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mary griffin on May 26, 2014
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This book kept me in my seat until I finished it! Told very well, as if you knew them. Very descriptive!
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Here's the thing. It's great that Mr. Berman wanted to write about his experiences working with JFK Jr. It's clear that he remembers him very fondly. BUT, this book represents a huge missed opportunity. People that actually READ George Magazine remember that it was more than just a pretty cover. It was a magazine that covered politics in an unexpected and irreverent fashion that has influenced news coverage ever since. Just look at The Daily Show, Colbert, or Last Week Tonight for pete's sake!
The fact that this book focuses solely on photo shoots and name-dropping, vapidly dismisses the editorial aspects of the magazine, and portrays its famous deceased editor as some sort of doofy, lovable jock serves to undermine the power that George actually had. The book is also littered with Carrie Bradshaw-esque profundities that unintentionally make Berman seem shallow and self-centered. The fact that he manages to take a very sad event in his infancy (a disfiguring raccoon attack that caused him to have multiple surgeries, which he fully recovered from), and tries with great effort to link that experience to both John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the deaths of three people in plane crash seems at the very least, forced.
Judging from the spacing in the memoir, I get the feeling that if you printed this book out in Word, it would be about forty pages long, so I'm left wondering if this should have been a smaller passage in a bigger story.
I hope that someone tells that story someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Mac Texan on October 14, 2014
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As a once subscriber of George Magazine, I loved reading about the trials and tribulations of getting it off the ground. Matt Berman did a fine job of making this reader feel like "I was there too". I loved his analogy of the parallels in his life and JKF, Jr. Almost everything I have ever read about JFK, Jr. is positive. His friends seem very loyal, and after reading this book I can see why. We all like to have a friend who brings out the best in us, and everybody, as Berman claims JFK, Jr. did. My first thoughts on reading this was the sheer amount of money that must have been spent for all those celebrity covers. The financial problems of the magazine were only alluded to, but never expounded on. As a subscriber, the best thing about "George" was all the celebrity invterviews. I enjoyed reading all the accounts of shooting some of the most popular covers with well known celebs like Demi Moore, etc. It was obvious JFK, Jr. could land any interview due to his own celebrity. Although Kennedy's excellent people skills seemed numerous, his lack of judgement on other matters was never mentioned. All in all, this is well worth reading for its insight into many people, including Berman.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lois defrancesco on June 1, 2014
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A book written by a friend about a friend. I've read all the books written about JFK Jr.Most of them give you insight into what his life
was really like. Kennedy just wanted to be a normal person and be treated like one.
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