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Jack Kennedy: The Illustrated Life of a President – by Chuck Wills (Author)

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Until his inspiring life was tragically cut short, John F Kennedy commanded the world's attention today, his legacy is still very much alive. This rich visual biography tells an unusual personal story by collecting rare memorabilia, everything from doodles and diary entries to drafts of major addresses. Hundreds of photographs and a compelling narrative by presidential scholar Chuck Wills uncover the remarkable tale of an intensely private man, from his rivalry with his older brother and his persistent courtship of Jackie to the inner workings of a historical presidency. Dozens of removable facsimiles and a 60-minute audio CD featuring some of President Kennedy's most famous speeches, including his inaugural address and his speech at the Berlin wall, capture an intimate look at one of the most revered figures in American history.

This book is a definite must have if you're a JFK fan. It provides the reader with a tactile sense of experiencing Jack Kennedy, the man. The book starts off, of course, him as a young man, talks briefly about the family history through his fathers family side for a little, up to his point of life in high school and then going off to Harvard and traveling around the world during and after Harvard. It chronicles his going to London to visit his father who was an ambassador to the U.K. for two years and he writes his book "Appeasement in Munich", which was later changed to a more appealing title "Why England Sleeps" for his thesis back in college. The book provides in depth details of his youthful days in Harvard and his competition with his brother Joseph Kennedy Jr and his days as a PT-109 boat commander in the south pacific (World War II) as a heroic survivor that saved his men. The book delves into his navy days for 4 years (1941-1945) and as a U.S. Representative for 6 years (1947-1953) which he found to be boring at times. In order to do something much more intense and he finally runs for senator from 1953-1961, eventually becoming the 35th President of the United States in 1961. It's a non-stop, can't put down page turner book and it really inspires you to read more about Jack Kennedy.

The photos are well chosen, including some you may have never seen before. What really makes this book stand out are the reproductions of Jack Kennedy's letters and medical reports. There's even a few included from his infamous wartime flame Inga Arvad. The book comes with a folder within the chapters with copies of letters, pictures, ID cards, presidential campaign pamphlet and post cards of President Kennedy. More than twenty removable artifacts are included in vellum envelopes - such as a diary JFK kept while abroad, letters from his wartime girlfriend "Inga Binga," a handwritten draft of his inaugural address and doodles from a meeting about the Bay of Pigs.


Hardcover: 176 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books; Har/Com edition

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0811868982

Condition: Brand New