I had read reviews of ex-New Jersey Governor James McGreevey's autobiography, "Confession" when I ran across Venn-Brown's book. The two books make interesting bookends on the whole issue of society coming to grips with high-profile leaders as they are part of and ultimately change the political and social dynamics of our society.
They share a lot of characteristics - men in very public lives, married, with children, always struggling with their homosexuality and denying it to themselves and expressing it in furtive ways.
Venn-Brown's experience is all the more powerful because not only was religion a conflicting factor in both of the these men's lives, Venn-Brown was a leader in the evangelical movement. He ultimately decides that he can no longer stay in his marriage (unlike the recently disgraced Ted Haggard in the US) and sets out to learn to love himself.
Ultimately, this means getting rid of the baggage that society and religion regularly imputes to the character of members of the gay community.
I would have given this 5 stars in the "overall" category because I liked everything about this book. It's inside look at how the White House occupants interact with the Secret Service and, of course, and the point of view of someone who was so intimately present at the Kennedy assassination. The one thing that bothered me is the reproduction of conversations that come across as verbatim and have to have be the author's remembrances of what was said many years ago. The conversations give an undeniable immediacy to the story but make me a little nervous about the accuracy of the quotations.
Beyond that, it was a wonderful listen and unique view of a significant historical event.
Among the best I've listened to
I was hesitant as I had never listened to a Stephen King book but this was relentlessly inventive considering that it was built around historical facts.
I lose interest often when a book goes on for too long. This was not the case with this book. This book was interesting and fascinating right through to the end.
I never write reviews and hesitate to write only when I dislike something but this was truly awful. Uninteresting characters; horrible dialog; the story built around an event we can't care about, etc. I'm sorry there is a refund option.
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