THE CAPE COD YEARS OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY by Leo Damore

THE CAPE COD YEARS OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Leo Damore has lit upon a new slant on JFK. The Cape Cod years reached from 1926, when Joseph Kennedy came to the rising community of Hyannis Port, rich but not quite in, and Jack was a bean of a boy, through JFK's election as President when he watched the returns there and made his acceptance speech at the Armory. Mr. Damore depicts the growing years (a prank once landed Jack in jail) when Joe, Jr. was the exemplar, college, the Navy, heroism and Joe, Jr.'s death in war, Jack's ensuing take-over of duties as the eldest, the move into politics. Basil Brewer of the New Bedford Standard-Times stood behind him against Lodge in the senatorial race, and Jack was launched despite the stolid Republicanism of the area. ""Come what may in November. I will always be a Cape Codder,"" he told his audience when he ran for President. The standard quotes are here (""Good morning, Mr. President""--Carolyn) along with some additional incidents, and a scene, a setting for a Kennedy sequence, unexceptionally recorded.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1967
Publisher: Prentice-Hall