Posts Tagged ‘Jack Kennedy’

Most people develop some mid-winter ritual or pursuit. One of mine happens to be finding the right book or books to ride the solstice. This year the winter read is combination, both related to the aftermath of yet another presidential election.

Four years ago, following that election, I read in Lincoln and Roosevelt, incredibly notable presidents from both parties. The picks this time also represent both sides of the aisle, though the parties  they represented seem barely recognizable today.

The first is Chris Matthews’ new biography, Jack Kennedy. The second is Ike’s Bluff by Evan Thomas. My plan is to read them side by side, alternating my readings. I’ll send smoke signals once I figure out where I am. I may need help. If so, please send out the St. Bernards,¬† casks bearing libation beneath their ample chins.