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Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews

Jack 1939

by Francine Mathews

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This book was weird for me. I loved the historical fiction aspects of it but at times it also got boring. It was also hard for me to picture JFK as a spy for some reason. But it was actually a good book, the plot just got a little confusing sometimes. ( )
  IntrovertedBooks | Mar 26, 2018 |
Fairly fast-paced if far-fetched spy novel. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
This book was excellent! A plausible look into JFK's younger years. It's odd to think of former presidents when they were around my age, but it offered a really interesting glimpse into the life of the "second son".

It had a little bit of espionage... well, ok. A lot of espionage, but not James Bond type stuff. It was all within the realm of plausibility. There was a lot of history, which was one of my favorite things. The romance aspect really tied up some loose ends, although at times, I felt it was a bit too convenient of timing, especially for a book.

I never really knew a lot about JFK to begin with. We didn't really cover him in history class and, even if we did, it would not have been this time in his life. I never would have expected him to be someone with mommy and daddy issues as well as an acute touch phobia. I also underestimated the strength of some of his friendships with his siblings as well as the sibling rivalry with the others. It really is quite a fascinating story. I'm not really one for non-fiction, but this book has inspired me to read JFK's senior thesis if I can get my hands on it.

Definitely a must read for JFK fans and history buffs alike! ( )
  cebellol | Jul 22, 2014 |
A good bet for LeCarre fans, I'm sure. I need to read more LeCarre... ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
A good bet for LeCarre fans, I'm sure. I need to read more LeCarre... ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
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...we’re swept into the conceit, hoping for a diabolical labyrinth worthy of le Carre; a cunning caper reminiscent of Ludlum. What we find instead is a cross between Jane Austen and Dashiell Hammett.
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Tapped by President Franklin Roosevelt to travel to Europe and learn what the Nazis are actually planning, 22-year-old John F. Kennedy, a sickly and unpromising second son of Roosevelt's Ambassador to Britain, becomes embroiled in the President's high-stakes effort to stop the flow of German money that is influencing the 1940 U.S. election.… (more)

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