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Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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This may sound like nit-picking, but the book has some annoying errors that a more careful writer and/or editor would have avoided. Matthews calls the President's younger brother Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy. His actual name was Robert Francis Kennedy. He says Senator Joe McCarthy died in 1956, when it was actually May, 1957. He also says JFK was chosen as America's 34th President, when almost everybody knows he was the 35th.
Errors like these make a reader wonder what else Matthews might have gotten wrong.
If you want an authoritative treatment of JFK, I recommend Robert Dallek's "John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life"
Update: I returned it for refund. Too expensive to be like this. I'll either get it in a hard copy or skip it.
One thing I will say which I haven't seen stated in these reviews is that I come away feeling that JFK was a conniving and cunning opportunist, stabbing many people in the back, playing both political parties for all he gain, all for the sake of his political advancement. In spite of all the stories I've read about JFK's flawed character, I've always admired him. This book draws all of that in question. Even though it reads like a valentine to a legendary politician, Elusive Hero actually presents quite an unflattering and even disturbing portrait of JFK.
I've read so many different books on Kennedy over the years and my first thought was "not another book on JFK, please". After reading the review I thought maybe this one might be worth the effort.
Way to go Chris Matthews!
This book told me so much about him that I didn't know and reminded me of things I had forgotten.
I'm so glad decided to read "yet another book on JFK".
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JFK will be listed as the Greatest President of the 20TH Century!Published 2 days ago by John Ruscigno
A very different approach but excellent of this twentieth century icon.Published 12 days ago by John T. LeGault, Jr.
This was a good book but could have been written with more scholarship. After reading it, I gave it away.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I have been a Kennedy fan for decades, and I've read any number of books and articles on him. This is an excellent insight into his personal and political life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Morrell
What was he like? Author Chris Matthews answers that question about JFK in Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barry Sparks
I like Chris Matthews and even though some have made critical remarks on his research and his writing style, I enjoy what he has to say and the way he says it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerald D. Peterson