One Brief Shining Moment: Remembering Kennedy by William Manchester (1983, Hardcover)

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One Brief Shining Moment:  Remembering Kennedy
by William Manchester
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
Copyright:  1983


John Kennedy and William Manchester first met in Boston in 1946.  Young New England vets, they were both still recovering from crippling wounds suffered in the Pacific, where they both had been in fierce combat.  While their careers would diverge, the friendship and respect that had spontaneously developed when they first met, grew and deepened over the years.

Knowing Manchester, confident of his discretion, and certain that he not only did not want but never would accept a government position, President Kennedy was extraordinarily candid in their conversations.  JFK encouraged Manchester to expand a series of magazine articles into the book Portrait of a President.  Because of that work, JFK's widow and his brother Bobby selected Manchester to write the authorized history of the assassination, The Death of a President.  Research for that book gave Manchester extensive and frequently exclusive access to the President's family, friends, and aides.

Manchester writes that while JFK's death was a tragedy, his life was a triumph, and One Brief Shining Moment is a celebration of that triumph.  Culling incidents from a friendship that spanned almost two decades, Manchester recalls boisterous family gatherings at Hyannis Port, grueling campaign trips, and quiet evenings alone with the President in the White House family quarters.  The resulting book provides us with myriad anecdotes and insights into a life that bristled with vigor, competitiveness, and an uunflagging drive for excellence; a life that shone with elegance, intelligence and compassion.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear.  Pages are tanning from age.


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