The life of John F. Kennedy was as incredible as any of his childhood book heroes. It was filled with obstacles: handsome, brilliant, personable Joe Jr. Who set a standard Jack could never match; ill health that consistently side-tracked him; a father who believed that to be second was to be nothing. And yet, at forty-three, John Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected President and the first Roman Catholic. However, it was a life destined not to resemble the traditional fairy tale but actual Greek tragedy. It is too soon to be evaluative about kennedy, though Levine does achieve an amazing level of objectivity. No adult is in a position to review this book for children because of the residue of emotion remaining from having lived through the period of the events depicted here. How long this particular biography will be adequate is impossible to predict; at the moment it is a thoroughly acceptable account.