The President is not only considered the most powerful man in America, but he is well respected and extremely influential throughout the world. Reading a novel that provides insight on both the broadly publicized aspects and very private aspects of president John F. Kennedy’s life is highly intriguing. The authors were able to gather the kind of information that readers crave; the inside scoop that people were not necessarily aware of during Kennedy’s presidency. Although I have only read the first quarter of the book at this point, I feel like I know Kennedy well. The book elucidates the way in which Kennedy was able to obtain the support of the American public and become the reigning political leader and figurehead of America during the 1960s.
An aspect of the book that captured my attention rather quickly was the explanation of Jacqueline Kennedy’s role in her husband’s presidency. The fact that that she was able to become so prominent during the time period of his presidency is inspiring. Jacqueline was forced to tolerate Kennedy’s inconsistent and impulsive behavior, and despite her somber attitude towards their relationship at times, she was able to maintain her widespread popularity. I like that the authors place noteworthy emphasis on Jacqueline because I can see how here role in JFK’s presidency might be overlooked. In addition, although many have perceived her lifestyle to be very luxurious and desirable, she overcame significant emotional adversity, and this is relatable to readers.
Aside from the authors’ interesting elaboration of Jacqueline Kennedy, they relay their story from unique angles. Most books we read are in simple chronological order and skipping events or jumping around rarely occurs. However, because JFK’s presidency was so eventful between his busy public and private lives, the authors transition from one event to another quite frequently. The reader might be in the midst of hearing about the unfortunate nature of the Cuban situation when he is suddenly thrown into JFK’s secret affair with Marilyn Monroe! This constantly changing angle keeps the story alive and causes the reader to constantly crave new information.