A Life Like No Other

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Jack is both the first comprehensive one-volume biography of JFK and the first account of his life based on the extensive documentary record that has finally become available, including personal diaries, taped conversations from the White House, recently declassified government documents, extensive family correspondence, and crucial interviews sealed for nearly forty years.

Jack provides a much-needed perspective on Kennedy’s bewilderingly complex personality, presents a compelling account of the volatile relationship between Jack and Jackie (including her attempt to divorce him, move to Hollywood, and become a film star), and reveals how JFK forged the modern political campaign and, once in the White House, modernized the presidency.

Jack: A Life Like No Other is a book like no other. Here, at last, John F. Kennedy seems to step off the page in all his vitality, charm, and originality.


Chapter 1
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It is close to noon on May 29, 1917, and uncomfortably cold for the time of year as Dr. Frederick Good drives through Boston to attend Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy. The streets still glisten from yesterday’s thunderstorms and the thermometer shows 48 degrees. Those children born...
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“A portrait of Kennedy that is thoroughly grounded in fact, free of partisan bias and believable.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Geoffrey Perret, in the first full-scale biography of John Kennedy in almost twenty years, sheds new light on the man’s mystique, his marriage and his all too brief presidency.”

“Perret captures the paradox at Kennedy’s core: He was an idealist and a visionary who couldn’t or wouldn’t control his most adolescent urges.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Full of revelations...[Perret] does a good job deflating the erroneous image of the Kennedys as Boston aristocracy...and he strikes a good balance between the personal and the political.”
Los Angeles Times