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The Day John Died is a misleading title, because it's mostly about his life: his family dynamics, romances, dreams, and achievements. Christopher Andersen, a former Time and People editor, gives a surprisingly well rounded account of John's character--along with 73 eloquent photos and lots of the dishy details inquiring minds want to know. The book is both trashy and classy. Though some of the inside stuff is tough to know for sure (was Carolyn Bessette really a manic druggie who denied John sex for a year?), Andersen knows more than most, having spent years researching Jack and Jackie and Jackie After Jack. We feel Jackie's power over her unstudious, scatterbrained, yet rather smart son, and Andersen plausibly sketches her brilliant job of shielding him from the worst influences of the Kennedy clan, her withering effect on his acting career, her revulsion over his stint as Madonna's boy toy, and much more. Andersen's expertise about the family makes us less skeptical of, say, his account of Bessette's wily seduction technique (she used an expertly timed cold shoulder and a hunky model-actor from Baywatch to make John jealous), or their spat over Sharon Stone.
There's gobs of drama besides the finale: John the child saved from death in a fiery Hawaiian luau pit (by the same father-figure Secret Service man who saved his mom from drowning), John repeatedly risking death by flying his ultralight into the ocean and power lines, John twice saving pals from drowning, once while diving for a pirate ship. Andersen omits no dirt (yes, JFK Jr. snorted coke from a JFK ashtray in college), yet he's fair (JFK Jr. had no real drug problem, while his dad was a chronic speed-needle freak). All in all, John comes off as a hell of a nice guy--almost the opposite of his Machiavellian father. He was about one-thousandth as promiscuous as he could've been, and all his exes remained his friends, even Daryl Hannah (the only girl he could've married for her money), who went down on one knee to propose, but was opposed by Jackie and Caroline.
Mostly, it's a poignant book. When told that JFK had gone to heaven, JFK Jr. asked his nanny, "Did Daddy take his big plane with him?" The nanny said, "Yes." --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was the only book I read about any of the Kennedy's.
While reading this book, I had to keep glancing back at the cover to assure myself that I had not accidentally picked up some supermarket tabloid.
This book was not a book about John and the day he died, but a rehash of many books written about Jack, Jackie and their children.
Neverr received it thanks to Storm Sandy. My cottage and mailbox were badly damaged. Mailbox missing since. x x xPublished 14 months ago by Arlene D. Dechesser
This is a wonderful tribute to JFK jr. Lots of information about John, his life growing up and untill the end. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by RumbleDoll
The book, to me, was just a shabby biography with two small sections at the beginning of the book and another at the end that gave a slight overview of the plane trip and... Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by J. Pearson
Christopher Andersen, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "The Day Diana Died" tells the story of American's son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Read morePublished on February 7, 2003 by shoutgrace
Maybe I am not in enough awe of the son of a dead president, but then I don't understand where the glamor of being hired by the American people makes a person glamorous or even... Read morePublished on April 8, 2002
Christopher Andersen has written a book that is symbolic of taking a walk down memory lane. The title is misleading, as this writing is a recount highlighting the Kennedy family... Read morePublished on February 10, 2002 by Jean Camp
Christopher Andersen has written a book that is symbolic of taking a walk down memory lane. The title is misleading, as this writing is a recount highlighting the Kennedy family... Read morePublished on February 5, 2002 by Jean Camp
This is not the type of audiobook I would normally listen to, but it was available and I needed something to get me through a long evening's work (I'm a graphic designer). Read morePublished on December 20, 2001
The book is not as the title impresses, but a biography of the life of JFK, jr. The book was a moving tribute to a wonderful man. Read morePublished on June 25, 2001 by steve