Ascent

Ascent

Paperback (09 Jun 2009)

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Synopsis

From "a master of precision" (The Observer, London) comes an explosive, provocative novel about John F. Kennedy's years in the White house: his political daring, his brave dedication to human rights, his devotion to his family--and his uncontrollable and unrelenting appetite for sexual adventure.

- Taut, magnificent prose: Mercurio's premise--to chronicle Kennedy's exploits, political and sexual, through the President's own anguished but self-centered perspective--is bold to the point of hubris, but he succeeds in spades. The writing is elegant, spare, and wry; the narrative is exquisitely paced. The book's ending is emotionally shattering-- empathetic, redemptive, and shocking.

- Startlingly revisionist portrait of JFK: We see Kennedy at his best, as a visionary statesman, a former soldier turned moral pacifist, a loving parent and devoted husband. And we see him at his worst, as a compulsive philanderer whose countless conquests--of movie stars, socialites, secretaries, and interns--ruined hundreds of lives.

- Amazing cast of characters: They are all here: Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson, Judith Campbell, LBJ, Fiddle and Faddle, Eisenhower, and perhaps most memorably, Jacqueline Kennedy.

Book information

ISBN: 9780743298230
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Pub date:
DEWEY: FIC
Language: English
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 227g
Height: 213mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 15mm