YOUNG JOHN KENNEDY by Gene Schoor

YOUNG JOHN KENNEDY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To this experienced biographer, young John Kennedy was all ""steel and iron, as well as heart"". He begins in a highly idolatrous tone, sketching the Kennedy family at Hyannisport just after the presidential election returns. Mr. Schoor goes back in time when John was an inquisitive lad of six, and traces the boy's life up to the point at which he began, placing emphasis on the school years. The competition between John and his older brother Joe is dramatically recreated in various events by the author. He portrays the young Kennedy skillfully, realistically; the result is an interesting, detailed study. But, Mr. Schoor would have been wise to end his biography with Kennedy's graduation from Harvard; the narration of John and Jacqueline's courting days is shrouded in nostalgia and sentimentality-- the author has unfortunately returned to the tone in which he began. In spite of the insipid beginning and hearts-violins-flowers ending, young readers should find the biography satisfying and informative- especially the middle part.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1963
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World