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John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life - from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years - a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state - Ohio - of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for 50 years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

©2018 John Kerry (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Well-written, and a completely engaged performance

I'm already a John Kerry supporter from back in 2004, and I know a lot about his life, but even I was surprised by how riveting the book is so far (I'm in chapter 5) and how genuine and engaged Kerry's reading performance is. He reads as if he is reliving every moment and remembering all the happy times and also the times of terrible grief (his father's death, the death of friends in the war). I can sense the sincere dedication that went into writing this memoir and the commitment that led him to read all 28 hours of it for Audible. Not everyone does that! And all this for one credit. One of my best purchases here so far.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-07-18

Excellent Memoir

I enjoy reading biographies and learning about people’s lives and how they accomplished their careers. John Kerry (1943- ) tells the story of his life in great detail. He starts off with the history of his grandparents and moves on from there. I had not realized that Kerry was from patrician New England roots. He attended private schools in Switzerland and the USA. He learned to speak a number of languages.

The book is well written. Kerry devoted his entire career to public service. He provided great details about his life, but I wish he had provided more in-depth insight into people he worked with such as Obama, Hillary Clinton and his friend, John McCain. The memoir does provide an inside look at what happened during his time in the Senate and as Secretary of State. I particularly enjoyed the last part of the book about his time as Secretary of State. I was familiar with his service in Viet Nam as I had read “Tour of Duty” by Douglas Brinkley. If you enjoy memoirs I recommend this book to you.

The book is very long at almost twenty-nine hours or 600 pages. I enjoyed listening to Kerry narrate his book. Hearing the person tell their own story seems to bring an intimacy to the book.

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IMPRESSIVE … Truly an Obra Magnanimous!

John, you have meticulously reconstructed your life’s battle to find raison d'être in the ever-conflicting parameters of privilege, demons of war, and deceptions of politique. I applaud your tenacity for believing that the US will regain its leadership role, but from my vantage point up here in the Bolivian Andes, the curtain of hypocrisy has been pulled back too far and the Wizard revealed.

I am afraid we have become a nation of lemmings obsessed with “comfort” and “convenience.” We have forgotten how we got here, when words like liberty, freedom, and equality used to mean something; now only justification for military contracts and soon-forgotten vote tallies on the Senate floor. We’ve forgotten how to “show-up”; afraid to lose it all on “one turn of pitch & toss” when we can hedge our bets with derivatives and satisfy our fight-or-flight impulse by watching Morning Joe.

I ETS’d in 1972, a year behind you as a Captain in 8th Special Forces Group out of Panamá and have lived a life of development financing throughout Latin America ever since. I tend to align myself more behind the nobility of the indigenous Quechuan underdog than the Peal-shoed Oligarch.

We’ve both come a long way since the Clipper Ships, Houqua and the Opium Trade. As my 103 year-old mother, Marileeds Heard, tells me every day from Ipswich; “That was a long time ago!

Un Abrazo fuerte, Jock

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Most memoirs are fiction but this one is authentic

We, my husband and I, are partial towards John Kerry having 1st noticed him during the height of the Vietnam War when he testified before congress. His quote, "Who wants to be the last man to die for a mistake" linger as heroic.

The audible version is a beautiful telling of living a life of privilege from a young boy to senior statesman. We see him as a great American Patriot. Our political process has prevented him from becoming president but presidential he is.

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  • Judy Hanks
  • San Anselmo, CA, United States
  • 10-17-18

Great narration

John Kerry can have another career as a narrator. Many times when I hear that the author is the narrator, I am turned off and usually avoid buying the book, but I did want to hear what Mr Kerry had to say. I'm glad I did.

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It's an honor to have Mr. John Kerry as narrator

This book is quite extensive and it gets better towards the end. The last chapters are simply awesome, the author gives his message. The fact of being narrated by Mr. John Kerry is a plus. The experience of driving on my daily long comutes and feeling like United States Secretary of State was my passanger telling his biography :)

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  • Marcela
  • Plantation,Fl33324, FL, United States
  • 11-03-18

I enjoyed this book and loved the narrator .

John Kerry took me with him completelly in his jurney.
Now I understand and feel how has it been in my life time history since VierNam until today.

As is I had lived it all myself.

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Moving

I saw John Kerry on one of the many talk shows and thought I would give his book a listen. When I clicked to purchase it I saw the narrator was the author. Hum, this could really suck but I completed the purchase. I was blown away. He had me from the first paragraph. It filled me with emotions I didn't know I had. Being a Vietnam vet myself I could identify with him and relived those days again. Driving down the road with tears streaming from my eyes and the next minute laughing like an idiot. The entire book moved me in ways I am unable to put in words. God Speed Mister Kerry, God Speed.

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Lifetime of public service

John Kerry’s recounting of his life, including decades of public service, is inspiring. His candor about the complexities of diplomacy is not only instructive, but also so needed in this era of governing via Twitter.

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Loved It

I didn't know what to expect going into this book but I love the guy now. Whether you love or hate his politics, Kerry has had a fascinating life and it's worth a listen. The breadth of experiences covered in this book is fantastic.

I really enjoyed hearing about the thought process and dynamics behind the major world events he was involved in. It's refreshing to get a well thought out explanation of policy positions as opposed to the quick little zingers and bickering you usually hear on TV.

Great job, John.


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