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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 Club’s award for best regional reporter in Washington and the National Press Foundation’s 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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Images From The Past (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884592406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884592409
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mmd on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I thought I had enough JFK books - the clan, the crises, the concubines. I used to read them all; now I find myself skipping through the pages of new books, over the same familiar stories. Even a good historian like Robert Dallek can only make news by turning up more tales of girls & pills. It starts to feel like aversion therapy. Please, I don't want to read any more!
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I wanted to read this book, though - maybe for the same reason JFK wanted to go to Ireland. The trip was a sidelight. His advisors thought it a waste of time - he already had all the Irish votes! And Ireland was hardly a front line in the Cold War - he'd just been to Berlin and was about to face up to 'regime change' in Vietnam. But he wanted to go & he went - it's good to be the president. And his reason for going - like the trip itself - shows a side of him that's much less familiar than what we usually see. I have assorted ideas of what Kennedy was like (I'm a few years too young to remember him - if your first presidential bonding was with Lyndon Johnson - Vietnam, not civil rights, vintage - you can understand the interest in JFK) - but emotion - the tenderer emotions - isn't the first to mind.
That's what this book so wonderfully celebrates - Kennedy's 4-day sentimental journey to Ireland. It wasn't a typical homecoming - not with helicopters, motorcades, speeches, public ceremonies. The whole country seemed to turn out to meet him - you get a very vivid sense here of the excitement - & pride - that Kennedy stirred in the Irish - & that they roused in him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 7, 2003
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One Of Ourselves: John Fitzgerald Kennedy In Ireland by professional journalist James Robert Carroll is an informed and informative study of American President Kennedy's three and one-half day visit to Ireland in June of 1963. 44 black-and-white photographs and prints nicely illustrate the president's "homecoming" and its meaning at the time to both Americans and Irish alike. Meticulous attention to detail enhances a superbly written text in bringing to life this particular and unique intersection of human heritage and national office. No personal, academic, or community library Kennedy Studies collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of James Robert Carroll's One Of Ourselves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2004
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One Of Ourselves by James Robert Carroll isn't your usual historical/biographical focus on John F. Kennedy's assassination, but rather a finely crafted survey recalling JFK's happier times. Any fan of Presidently Kennedy will find year-round enjoyment in this superbly presented treatise which surveys his Irish roots, his meaning to Irish-Americans, and his visit to Ireland in 1963. A revealing celebration of his world, lovingly portrayed, One Of Ourselves is a welcome addition to personal and community library American History collections.
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By Jean Lewis on October 15, 2013
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This book is an excellent review of President Kennedy's trip to Ireland. I know, because i was there as a member of Kennedy's White House staff.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on June 26, 2007
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This large, excellent complete chronicle of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy return to our ancestral homelands must be read by every American and every Irishman, and everyone else in between.

This little known historic journey which took place a mere six months before his bloody and cowardly murder by still hidden hands reveals much about the stature of the man, unequalled since by any President but Carter, and the apposition of the dynastic Nero and Caligula we suffer since the departure of that second greatest modern President.

Perhaps the present reader unfamiliar with those past times of honor, dignity, morality, truth, justice, equality, openness and compassion may suffer vertigo to contemplate such a different world, to which our present times resemble Superman's Bizarro land, where hello is good-bye and war is peace. But let us bravely recall those great days, that we may strive to live them once more as a nation, now deeply impoverished and abandoned, but a nation once again.

James Robert Carroll competently, carefully, academically, completely presents the historical record of those days, from the preparation of the voyage to the burial of our slain fallen last great leader, considering fully the context and meaning of those times. Several selections from the photogrpahic record also serve to bring those times more closely to us, now a more visually learning than a literate people. This book must be read, and read again, by one and by all.
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