Didn't read the print version.
I consider myself a JFK aficionado. So when I saw this book available on audible, I decided to pick it up. Rather than being just a rehash on the same old stories we know about JFK, the author really delves in into what made JFK tick. We are constantly reminded how flawed and careless he was in his personal life, considering he was the President of the United States. We know now that no public figure could get away with his behavior today. But in spite of all that, he was a great president when you consider all the challenges he faced during his administration.
The author puts the reader in every scene as if we were there, from the moment the book opens, moving through the 1960 election, the inauguration, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Vienna Summit with Khrushchev, the Berlin Wall crisis, Civil Rights, the Cuban missile crisis, his assassination and the aftermath. She does a masterful job in presenting every scene with clarity and from the various perspectives of the individuals involved, be it Jackie Kennedy, Dave Powers, LBJ, etc.
She set just the right tone that at first when I downloaded the audiobook, I thought it would take me forever to get through it. Instead, I listened to it in less time than I expected during my routine commute time.
The Real JFK
Great book! I'd recommend it to anyone who is a JFK fan.
I was really looking forward to this audiobook since it is the one WWII book from the man himself, Winston Churchill. My main complaint is that WC spends most of the time explaining away why the British government (except him) failed to stop Hitler from violating the non-agression pacts that were signed by Chamberlain. Sounds to me like a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking! I feel he shares some of the responsibility as well.
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