From the Publisher
One of Ourselves: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Ireland is the author's second presidential book with Images from the Past (after The Real Woodrow Wilson in 2000.) Its high quality has been recognized by a review in Ireland of the Welcomes (among many), an Independent Publisher IPPY award, and inclusion in the National Press Club's 27th Annual Book Fair and Author's Night. All of us at Images from the Past are very proud!
One of Ourselves is a skillfully woven complex story about a country, an era, and an Irish-American who had become president of the United States, but had not forgotten his roots. "I want to go to Ireland", he reiterated to his staff - in the end he had his way and had "the three happiest days of my life" as he put it.
With contemporary speeches and comments, oral history interviews, 44 photos, extensive chapter notes, bibliography, and index, One of Ourselves is a worthy addition to public, academic, and personal libraries on Kennedy, US Presidents, and Irish Studies.
About the Author
James Robert Carroll has been a reporter for three decades, covering Washington since 1983. A graduate of Boston University, he started his career as a correspondent for The Boston Globe, then worked for The Daily Transcript in Dedham and the now-defunct Beverly Times, both in Massachusetts. He covered California government and politics in Sacramento for The Orange County Register for more than five years before moving to Washington for the Long Beach (California) Press-Telegram and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He joined The Louisville Courier-Journal as its Washington reporter in 1997 and is now its Washington Bureau Chief. Among other honors, Carroll has won the National Press Clubs award for best regional reporter in Washington and the National Press Foundations award for energy and environmental reporting. He is also the author of The Real Woodrow Wilson: An Interview with Arthur S. Link, Editor of the Wilson Papers.
Carroll has had a long interest in presidents, dating from his days as a teenaged volunteer in presidential campaigns in the 1960s. As a reporter in Washington, he has covered the administrations of the last four presidents. Ireland likewise has been an abiding passion. He has visited the nation a half dozen times and written news and travel stories from Ireland for American newspapers, as well as reported from Washington on Irish affairs. He and his wife, Carol Vernon, and their daughters Fiona and Brenna, live in Alexandria, Virginia.