Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

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“Filled with the vitality and spirit that made Jack Kennedy such a magical figure. Chris Matthews shows the cunning and determination beneath that magic. It’s an awesome and delightful book.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man?” In this New York Times bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

Matthews’s extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O’Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy’s first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.”


  • JackKennedy 01 Open

    Duration: 35s
  • JackKennedy 02 Preface

    Duration: 21min
  • JackKennedy 03 Ch1

    Duration: 25min
  • JackKennedy 04 Ch2

    Duration: 29min
  • JackKennedy 05 Ch3a

    Duration: 28min
  • JackKennedy 06 Ch3b

    Duration: 17min
  • JackKennedy 07 Ch4a

    Duration: 23min
  • JackKennedy 08 Ch4b

    Duration: 20min
  • JackKennedy 09 Ch5a

    Duration: 18min
  • JackKennedy 10 Ch5b

    Duration: 29min
  • JackKennedy 11 Ch6a

    Duration: 24min
  • JackKennedy 12 Ch6b

    Duration: 21min
  • JackKennedy 13 Ch6c

    Duration: 23min
  • JackKennedy 14 Ch7a

    Duration: 18min
  • JackKennedy 15 Ch7b

    Duration: 16min
  • JackKennedy 16 Ch8a

    Duration: 12min
  • JackKennedy 17 Ch8b

    Duration: 25min
  • JackKennedy 18 Ch8c

    Duration: 16min
  • JackKennedy 19 Ch9a

    Duration: 19min
  • JackKennedy 20 Ch9b

    Duration: 14min
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