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American son : a portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Bradley, Richard, 1964-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2002.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library E843.K42 B58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library E843.K42 B58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Concord Library E843.K42 B58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lackawanna Library E843.K42 B58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Williamsville Library E843.K42 B58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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The last, defining years of the life of John F Kennedy Jr, as seen by an editor who worked for him at George magazine. At thirty-four, better known for his social life than his work as an assistant district attorney, John F Kennedy Jr was still a man in search of his destiny. All that changed in 1995 when Kennedy launched a bold new magazine about American politics, puckishly called George. Over the next four years, Kennedy's passionate commitment to the magazine - and to the ideals it stood for - transformed him. One witness to this transformation was Richard Blow, an editor and writer who joined George several months before the release of the first issue.

Author Notes

Richard Blow, a freelance journalist, was editor of Regardie's magazine in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1995. He became editor at George several months before the first issue appeared and worked there until 2000. He lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

When Blow started at George magazine as one of the original staffers, he had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to write about his boss, John F. Kennedy Jr. Although some disagree, Blow obviously feels that the agreement he signed does not extend beyond death, hence this personal portrait. In fact, it's not really all that personal since Blow only knew Kennedy for four years and in a professional capacity. They seem to have never had a truly personal conversation. So what remains is the story of a famous young man and his magazine, and since the man is John Kennedy, that's enough to attract plenty of readers. Blow, who employs an engaging writing style that makes the book seem more intimate than it is, describes the inner workings of George and follows Kennedy's evolution (and sometimes regression) as an editor. When he observes personal moments between Kennedy and his wife, Carolyn, he reports them, but those looking for serious dish will have to find it elsewhere. Still, readers will come away with a clear perception of Kennedy: a decent man struggling against a mythic legacy. And of a life with a beginning and a middle, but no real end. Ilene Cooper.

Library Journal Review

Blow, an editor at George, focuses on Kennedy's last years, arguing that he finally came into his own while working on the magazine.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



"How do you feel about joining the media that has made your life hell?" a reporter asked. John smiled and shook his head. "You didn't make my life hell." Sure, sometimes he was annoyed by the attention. But it was "part of the bargain" of being him. "What would your mother say if she could see George?" another reporter called out. John paused for a second and said quietly, "My mother would be mildly amused to see me up here, and very proud." Something happened then. Even from where I stood, way up on the balcony, I could feel it, that powerful, unexpected blurring of the iconic and the actual, the life-movie and real life. There was a collective intake of breath, as if everyone in the room suddenly took a step back. For half a heartbeat, the reporters stopped seeing John as a commodity and connected with him as a person, an orphan who, rich and famous though he may have been, had to make his way in the world like all the rest of us. Then someone else raised his hand and the moment vanished. Excerpted from American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. by Richard Blow All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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