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The Men We Became My Friendship with John F Kennedy Jr Author:Robert T. Littell For over twenty years Robert Littell was John F. Kennedy Jr.'s closest confidant. Now, in a beautiful and moving memoir, Littell introduces us to the private John. A story of laughter and sorrow, joy and heartbreak, The Men We Became is an unforgettable memoir. — Rob Littell was a freshman at Brown when he met the young JFK, Jr. during o... more »rientation week. Although Littell came from a privileged background, it was worlds apart from the glamorous life of the son of the late President and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Eager to be accepted on his own terms, Kennedy admired Littell's irreverence toward his celebrity and they became close friends.
John opened up to Littell on a very personal level, revealing the complex and sometimes tense nature of his relationships with his sister and cousins, as well as his mother's extraordinary influence on John - and how they both worked to keep it from being overbearing. John's marriage had its ups and downs and Carolyn had made enemies of some of his friends, but she was in great shape mentally and physically and they were planning to have children.
Littell recounts wonderful dinners at Jacqueline Onassis's apartment where she surprised him with his favorite dinner of specially burned hamburgers and weekends at her retreat in Martha's Vineyard where she critiqued their touch football while lying on a chaise lounge, her face covered in cold cream and cucumber slices. As students, Littell and Kennedy bummed around Europe. They slept in Hyde Park, sampled the pleasures of Amsterdam, ran afoul of customs officers and almost got busted at the Ritz Hotel for smoking pot. They even shared apartments in New York City until Jackie summoned them to dinner one day and gently suggested it was time to grow up. The two went on to pursue their professional lives. John trained as a lawyer - and Littell speaks of his friend's anguish at repeatedly failing the bar - and then he founded his own political magazine, which seemed only fitting because Kennedy yearned to live up to the family name and accepted that politics would be his destiny. Later on, Littell was a part of JFK, Jr.'s secret wedding to Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and three years later a pallbearer at his funeral.
From shared adventures, private moments and lasting memories, Robert Littell offers a unique look at John F. Kennedy Jr.'s life - one that has never been seen before.« less
Jen A. (MommyJen) - reviewed The Men We Became : My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. on
Helpful Score: 6
great book that clears up alot of inconsistencies about JFK JR. He was just trying to live his life to the best of his abilities. The world had another idea for him. They wanted him to be his father. Talks about his struggles with life,friends,media,careers and alot of other interesting tidbits. Great read. Finished it in 3 days.
Like so many Americans, I grew up with John. I always felt as if I knew him somehow and now I see that he is very much as I expected...as I walked with Littel down memory lane, I felt like I was back in college getting to know a couple of guys who are oh-so-normal yet one with the unimaginable burden of being the child of an American Icon...It seemed as if Littel really did want to capture his memories by putting his thoughts on paper. I never felt as if this book was a sell-out...I think John may have enjoyed the read too or perhaps at least given his buddy hell for having written it...I highly recommend it
A fair and balanced summary of JFK,Jr's life written by one of his closest friends. If one reads this book and Noonan's FOREVER YOUNG: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR you will feel as though you actually knew JFK,Jr personally. Highly recommend this book.