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Jack: A Life Like No Other Paperback – October 8, 2002
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Nevertheless you should read this book. It is an easy read, very entretaining and revealing. Jack's sex-adiction, amazing ambition, relation to his imposing father, sense of destiny, will be exposed before your eyes. It makes you wonder about where character in our leaders went since then.
This book is, however, a good read. In fact, while there's little that is new, there are pages here that are just as good as anything in a JFK biography. There's a grace to some of the writing in this book.
Sometimes I found myself cringing at some of his sources (Seymour Hersh's book comes to mind), but for the most part it's assembled well.
Despite the number of JFK books out there, there are few one volume titles out there. This might be a good place to start if that's what you're seeking.
It would have been helpful, however, if the book were not marred by misstatements of fact. Two stand out in my mind. In one part of the book, we are told that the Kennedys held a grudge against Lyndon Johnson because he had helped spread the rumor of JFK's Addison's disease atteh Democratic convention in 1956. Yet in another part of the book, Perrot gives the date (correctly) as 1960. In truth, in 1956 LBJ was announcing Texas' votes for JFK in the balloting for vice president, hailing him as the "fighting sailor who bears the scars of battle." This is a far cry from rumor-mongering, which LBJ did indeed engage in in 1960, when he was a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The most egregious error, however, is that Perrot has the Connallys sitting FACING the Kennedys in the limousine on that fateful day in November 1963, when it seemed that the world stood still and began shedding tears which continue to fall. When I read this, my first reaction was one of incredulity. For the images of that day are etched in the minds of so many people, including those like myself who, though living, were not old enough to remember JFK first-hand, that I cannot fathom how anyone who has seen the Zapruder film or the photos from that horrible event could get such a mundane fact so wrong.
It's the little things like this that make you wonder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
INTERESTING READ; PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RE: THE KENNEDY DAYS. THANK YOU!Published 9 months ago by Grandma W-G
Always found others' point of view in their life of JFK.Published 17 months ago by John A. Jago, Jr.
Jack is a nice easy read but one tends to wonder where Perret got some of his ideas or if in fact he got them from anywhere but his own imagination. Read morePublished on July 24, 2003 by Matthew Morgan
The life of Jack Kennedy has been covered countless times in books, magazines and movies. Having made the transformation from assassinated president to tabloid favorite, one... Read morePublished on May 8, 2003 by Dave
Mr. Perret somehow succeeded in writing an incredibly boring book about a man who lived an extrodinary life. Read morePublished on February 27, 2003 by Craig
It's true that JFK lived a "life like no other," but the author completely missed his chance to tell the reader why. Read morePublished on January 28, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not for the research -- as many of the other reviewers and the footnotes section of the book attest, most of the information has been available to... Read morePublished on January 22, 2003
This book is a tell it like it is history of one of the most American lives in the past century. JFK is presented from start to finish as a man in a race against boredom and with... Read morePublished on June 30, 2002
Although some people have said some facts in the book are incorrect and they may be, I found JACK to be very entertaining. Read morePublished on March 18, 2002 by Kino Espo