America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

A major new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America?s Reluctant Prince is a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon.   Through the lens of their decades-long friendship and including exclusive interviews and details from previously classified documents A major new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America?s Rel...

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Title:America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Author:Steven M. Gillon
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:B07Q1XSMRQ
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. Reviews

  • Kathy McC
    Sep 14, 2019
    I have long been interested in "all things Kennedy" , and this book was no exception. The research was extensive which eventually became overwhelming to me. It appears that Gillon felt he needed to present every single social event in which John, Jr. was involved. It became tedious. I ...
  • Caroline
    Aug 01, 2019
    This book opened a huge can of worms for me- I will have to read another book to see the similarities and/or contrasts. One chapter he is portrayed as an entrepreneur ahead of his time by starting George, the next a ?dumb hunk.? A presidential hopeful who was a pothead? Estranged f...
  • Amy
    Aug 25, 2019
    I remember well the day I saw the TV coverage that John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s plane was missing. I remember thinking, "Oh no! I hope he's not dead!" I remember having a hard time parting from the coverage to do anything else. JFK, Jr. was a fascinating American figure to many people, mysel...
  • Cheryl
    Sep 11, 2019
    Steven Gillon?s meticulously researched and well written biography of his friend, John F. Kennedy Jr., is an unbiased, personal, and comprehensive account of John Kennedy?s life. As a graduate student and teaching assistant at Brown University, Mr.Gillon first met John Kennedy, ...
  • Nicole Smith
    Sep 04, 2019
    I typed up more quotes from this book than can fit in this reviews character limit - a clear sign that this book was relevant to me personally and that the author presented the information in an engaging, thought-provoking way. This book was a recommendation from my Overdrive app wh...
  • Kelly Boone
    Aug 17, 2019
    Enjoyed reading about JFK, Jr. in general. There were numerous stories to support the argument that he tried to respect his Camelot legacy while being his own person, a struggle that few of us would want. I hoped the author would take a neutral political stance but unfortunately the bi...
  • Jill
    Jul 18, 2019
    What If This book brings to me so many questions about JFK Jr. What if his dad had lived. Would the choices he made later have still happened What if he had driven that night What if he had listened to his mother all those years ago. Would JFK Jr lived up to what others ...
  • Anna Fenoglio Tift
    Aug 29, 2019
    I grew up in a Kennedy house. I had RFK posters on my wall in 1968 (I was 7) JFK Jr was my age, we had the same touchstones, grew up in the same era, needless to say with very different lifestyles. I may or may not have shed a brief tear when I heard his plane went down. And that's the...
  • Dale Wyant
    Jul 16, 2019
    This is a thoroughly researched and honest account of a man who was victimized by a society that forced him to live up to their images of him, unwilling to let him be a human being. Gillon had a unique perspective of being a teacher and friend to John and saw the conflict of his life t...
  • Laurie
    Aug 14, 2019
    I read so many memoirs that when I switch over to a biography, I always feel there is some distance between the author and the subject and for good reason. That?s what biography is - writing about someone else?s life - not your own and hence, the distance. So I felt that here - the...
  • Joy
    Aug 05, 2019
    Being one of the people that can't get enough information about JFK, Jr., I loved this book and read it over the weekend as I hated to put it down even to sleep. Much of it was information that I did not know which was great that it wasn't the same old stories. The new information soli...
  • Lexi
    Aug 21, 2019
    Very well written and very readable, which is all the more remarkable given the subject. JFK Jnr just seems awful. Really awful. Misogynistic, spoiled, lazy, entitled, patronising, rude, arrogant, disinterested, unfocused, reckless, and immature. The author tried very hard to demon...
  • Stephen
    Jul 30, 2019
    This felt to me like a 500 page Vanity Fair article. I?ve always been fascinated with the Kennedy family and JFK jr, so I was eager to read this new biography. This book did give me sense of who he was, what he was like, his feelings about his father and mother and Caroline, the pres...
  • Idelle Kursman
    Jul 21, 2019
    I remember reading about John F. Kennedy Jr. in the papers all my life. When I was still living in Rhode Island, I recall seeing his picture in The Providence Journal when he was attending Brown University. This book brought back so many memories. I was excited to read about him taking...
  • Jan Mardis
    Aug 03, 2019
    I remember the day JFK died, and I remember the photo of John saluting his father. I had hoped to better understand John by reading this book. But my take away was that he was still trapped in that same little boy mode. I can see if he had lived him running for president and winning, b...
  • Deborah McEachern
    Aug 29, 2019
    I grew up "with" the Kennedy family. One of my early memories is JFK's funeral on the television -- I wasn't in school yet and I suspect I was mildly frustrated because it likely pre-empted "The Friendly Giant" that day. RFK's death hit me much harder...he hung on for a while and I rem...
  • Wilson
    Aug 17, 2019
    John John Much of this information has been shared by many. What's new is a glimpse into a friendship born in a classroom. ...
  • Mary Sisney
    Jul 29, 2019
    I've read more books about the Kennedy family than I have about any other celebrities, including my favorite writers Toni Morrison and William Faulkner. Gillon's biography of his friend of approximately twenty years is one of the best, mainly because he's an academic--in fact, a histor...
  • Linda
    Aug 13, 2019
    Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Real insight to the man that JFK Jr. was. I live in New Jersey now but grew up in New York so I have a definite appreciation for him as a New Yorker. I found myself thinking-please don't fly that plane on 7/16! But of course-just as in the Titani...
  • Kathy Kelley
    Aug 28, 2019
    This book was a fascinating read. Like many Americans, I have always been intrigued by the Kennedys and this book gave some great first-hand information. The author actually knew John pretty well and he has done extensive research to corroborate any information presented here. John was...
  • Hannah Ringler
    Sep 06, 2019
    It had some interesting elements, such as the effect of repeated trauma on the psyche, the effect of growing up in the spotlight from before birth, and the intersections between politicians, celebrities, and political celebrities, but ultimately, it was more focused on the author's per...
  • Kimber
    Jul 30, 2019
    Some interesting new info There was a lot of information I had read elsewhere, but quite a bit of new information about JFK, Jr. as well. I appreciate the way Mr Gillon writes, with easy flowing verbiage, and informationally important. Many good sources and quotes, from sources prob...
  • Lisa
    Jul 14, 2019
    Excellent informative book. Easy to read and well written. It corroborates stories with those books written by John's assistant RoseMarie Terenzio's "Fairytale Interrupted" and Carolyn's alleged paramour Michael Bergin who wrote "The Other Man". Finished the book two days shy of the 20...
  • Carol Wiilliams
    Jul 20, 2019
    I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read new things and learn how much John carried inside his heart and head. I am always skeptical when an actual acquaintance of John writes a book. So many scream Money Grab! (RoseMarie Terenzio). This book seemed genuine. Carole Radziwill?...
  • Charlene Dapelo
    Jul 16, 2019
    Really slow and nothing new. Same story we?ve read before. ...
  • Kathy
    Jul 13, 2019
    This book provides a good insight into a person whose life was basically lived out in the media? I feel so much more empathy for him that I did before. Crazily, I had never realized that he really didn?t even remember his father, and wouldn?t really have an understanding as to wh...
  • Christine
    Jul 19, 2019
    I was already familiar with the majority of the material presented, but there were definitely new and interesting tidbits, mostly about Carolyn-how JFK Jr was her dream man and she was intent on getting him. Neither she nor Jackie come off particularly well so in that respect, despite ...
  • Rita H
    Jul 30, 2019
    3.5 rounded up for solid writing The writing skill shown is professional, the research amazing, and it flows smoothly. I can appreciate how much time was spent on research, interviews, and drafting this journalistic biography. The author, a college mentor/business connection/friend ...
  • Lois Whiteheaf
    Sep 08, 2019
    This book was a must read for me in wanting to know more about the life of John Jr. While I knew how his life ended, it was fascinating to read about his life from his birth, the assinations of his father and uncle, the courage of his mother and his relationship with so many people. A ...
  • Jquick99
    Aug 22, 2019
    If you?ve read the other books about John John, which the author cites, then there really isn?t anything new here. Soon after his death, a bunch of people, mostly his business colleagues, wrote books. Even Carolyn?s ex (who claims they were still intimate after she was married) w...