THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY by Paul B. Fay
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THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY

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Everybody will find their own Kennedy moment in this personal memoir of a close friendship. For some, it will be JFK asking old buddy Fay to throw John-John in the air because his back prevents that singular, possibly atavistic, fatherly expression of affection. For others it will be Kennedy claiming he's ""...both too young and too old"" for marriage just before Jacqueline or his habitual self-satirization. Fay, who was made Under-Secretary of the Navy, was ""Redhead"" or ""Grand Old Lovable"" to JFK. The friendship dated from PT boat training days. The two had a lot in common. The author points out the obvious things--both Irish-American, Catholic, bachelers (to begin with) and Navy; it becomes clear that both also tried hard to please their demanding, domineering fathers. This anecdotal recall fills in the personal man who's been missing from the biggest books on Kennedy & Co. Unfortunately, Fay is addicted to the use of easily-guessed cuss blanks in reporting conversations and sometimes fails to name names in discussing political or inner Kennedy circle irritations. The ladies will love it and the men will read it, a sure guess since it all started in McCall's.

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 1966
Publisher: Harper & Row