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Book Title: American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr.|
The author of the book: Richard Blow
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Reader ratings: 6.7
Edition: Henry Holt and Co.
Date of issue: May 3rd 2002
ISBN 13: 9780805070514
Format files: PDF
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After reading this book, I have a professional view of JFK Jr. One of the things that I think really stood out about this book that I liked was that it wasn’t your typical biography on him. This book was based on the professional side of him. It was an interesting concept to write a book on something that I think most people didn’t think of or ask about JFK JR. How did he start his political magazine “George”? Most questions asked about JFK JR when he was alive was about his personal life and who he dated and how handsome he looked.
This book gives the reader a hands on first look at the inside scoop of how “George” came to be and all of the obstacles that JFK JR faced as the Editor in Chief. Who better to tell this story than the author who actually worked with JFK JR and was a part of “George” from day 1. I would have thought that having the famous Kennedy name, the doors to create this magazine would have been opened to JFK JR and journalists would embrace him with open arms. However, it wasn’t that easy. Due to his famous last name people second guessed him and at times I think some of the journalists were even cruel because of who he was and the fact that he didn’t have any journalism jobs under his belt. Many mean articles were written about the magazine and many questioned what business JFK JR had in even stepping on their turf. He had many internal conflicts with decisions on which stories to run and which people to interview for the magazine. I never had put thought into how much work goes into a magazine. Sadly towards the end of John John’s life, his ad sales were declining which had a huge impact on the future of “George”. It wasn’t until 2 years after he passed away that the magazine had its final publication. I think that was probably for the better because if he would have been alive to see that happen I think he would have gone into a depression. He had put his whole heart and effort into making “George” a successful political magazine and he knew everything that was riding for this to work out in the long run.
A fact about JFK that I learned in this book that I didn’t know about him before was that he worked as a lawyer for the District Attorney’s office and he actually tried trials. John John also had a temper on him which is a fact I didn’t know about him as well. I found myself searching online for more references and stories on events that were stated in this book. John John also had a very down to earth friendly side as well. He would give his expensive ties to his employees and also give them designed suits and shoes that designers would send him but were not his size. He also rode his bicycle throughout Manhattan. He walked the streets at night after having dinner with colleagues. One of the things that I really loved that he did as a boss was allow his employees to bring their dogs to work because he would bring his dog Friday in as well. What a great work environment! I would love to bring my Pumba Bear with me at work! This shows what kind of a down to earth boss he was!
Many will speculate on JFK JR’s role in the Kennedy family curse (If that even exists), many will wonder how much longer “George” would have remained in publication had he lived, many will wonder if he would have ran for the presidency one day? Would he have won? What would his children look like? Sadly, these questions will forever be unanswered. This was a very well written book by a man who was loyal to John John and I think it couldn’t have been better told by anyone else because Blow new John professionally. It was enjoyable to read about JFK JR’s professional side and not read about gossip or personal things. I think the Kennedy family can read this book and feel like the author gave them their privacy and didn’t write about dirt. A very sad ending to a life cut too short. What a perfect title too. JFK JR will always be America’s Son………
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