Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

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The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball.

“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.”

“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


  • JackKennedy 01 Open

    Duración: 35s
  • JackKennedy 02 Preface

    Duración: 21min
  • JackKennedy 03 Ch1

    Duración: 25min
  • JackKennedy 04 Ch2

    Duración: 29min
  • JackKennedy 05 Ch3a

    Duración: 28min
  • JackKennedy 06 Ch3b

    Duración: 17min
  • JackKennedy 07 Ch4a

    Duración: 23min
  • JackKennedy 08 Ch4b

    Duración: 20min
  • JackKennedy 09 Ch5a

    Duración: 18min
  • JackKennedy 10 Ch5b

    Duración: 29min
  • JackKennedy 11 Ch6a

    Duración: 24min
  • JackKennedy 12 Ch6b

    Duración: 21min
  • JackKennedy 13 Ch6c

    Duración: 23min
  • JackKennedy 14 Ch7a

    Duración: 18min
  • JackKennedy 15 Ch7b

    Duración: 16min
  • JackKennedy 16 Ch8a

    Duración: 12min
  • JackKennedy 17 Ch8b

    Duración: 25min
  • JackKennedy 18 Ch8c

    Duración: 16min
  • JackKennedy 19 Ch9a

    Duración: 19min
  • JackKennedy 20 Ch9b

    Duración: 14min
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