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I just finished JFK Jr., GEORGE, & ME and what a wonderful memoir and personal story of Matt Berman and his journey which led to GEORGE and JFK Jr. Matt's "New York story" reminded me of my own time in New York as an Assistant Floor Director, then Acting Floor Director of Designer Sportswear, Floor 2, Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store.Until you've lived and worked in New York, you have no idea of the pace you move at and the work you produce. Thus Matt's interactions with celebrities for GEORGE reminded me of seeing Jackie Kennedy one time at Saks standing behind a rack of clothes and recognizing an "Icon". With Matt and JFK Jr., John was also a "celebrity/icon"; but as Matt pointed out, that was NOT the REAL PERSONA which John was and who worked to make Matt comfortable in his important position of Creative Director and treated him as a comrade and friend. I loved how Matt grew in his role and how John always stood behind Matt in his creative decisions. The book is well written, fast paced and for those who want to eventually work in New York in a creative capacity, especially Journalism, book/magazine publication, and fashion, then you should read JFK Jr. GEORGE & ME. And, Matt, I am waiting for your next book in Los Angeles.
As a once subscriber of George Magazine, I loved reading about the trials and tribulations of getting it off the ground. Matt Berman did a fine job of making this reader feel like "I was there too". I loved his analogy of the parallels in his life and JKF, Jr. Almost everything I have ever read about JFK, Jr. is positive. His friends seem very loyal, and after reading this book I can see why. We all like to have a friend who brings out the best in us, and everybody, as Berman claims JFK, Jr. did. My first thoughts on reading this was the sheer amount of money that must have been spent for all those celebrity covers. The financial problems of the magazine were only alluded to, but never expounded on. As a subscriber, the best thing about "George" was all the celebrity invterviews. I enjoyed reading all the accounts of shooting some of the most popular covers with well known celebs like Demi Moore, etc. It was obvious JFK, Jr. could land any interview due to his own celebrity. Although Kennedy's excellent people skills seemed numerous, his lack of judgement on other matters was never mentioned. All in all, this is well worth reading for its insight into many people, including Berman.
I haven't read a lot of things on the Kennedy's but for some reason John Jr. fascinates me. Berman made John a real person, not just a Kennedy. The story of how they had breakfast together and John waited patiently for his friend while he attended to business showed what a gentleman John was and in the telling, how special their friendship was. Berman was even kind in his telling of Carolyn and John's relationship, again, just like regular people. Berman obviously misses his friend and probably has told the story through the eyes of that loving friendship, but I enjoyed it anyway. Good read.
It's ok. I have read all the books written about JFK Jnr and maybe I am all JFK Jnr'd out. In reality, nice as he was and historically admired by the public, JFK Jnr wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed and really, apart from all these books showing what a nice, humble guy he was, it also shows that he wasn't a brilliant mind (not his fault) and without his family heritage would have lived a fairly average life. For fans only.
I liked this book - a behind the scenes look at George magazine with JFK, Jr. and includes fun stories about the celebrity cover shoots. Everything I've ever read about JFK, Jr. emphasizes what a "good guy" he was, considering his unique circumstances -- fame, money, looks. This book bolsters that opinion. He seemed to empower those around him through his friendship and compassion and integrity. I definitely recommend this - it's a good read!
If you're obsessed with JFK, Jr. this is a must read. The author is obviously in awe of JFK, Jr. (perhaps even in love with him!) and lived and breathed the making of George Magazine from conception to death. If you're looking for an engaging read with loads of interesting side tidbits on famous people, this is your book. If you're looking for an in depth character study on JFK, Jr., look elsewhere.
I enjoyed Berman's book although I was surprised at its shortness. The book is a small selections of memories from a man who worked with JFK Jr. for a number of years. I suggest RoseMarie Terenzio's (JFK's assistant) book over this one although if you've already read FairyTale Interrupted, I recommend buying Berman's also.
This is almost more a piece about Matt Berman because much of the story revolves around Matt's association with JFK Jr. rather than new details about JFK Jr. himself. It's a story inside the fascination and intrigue that has an appeal by itself. Enjoyable but not riveting,
A book written by a friend about a friend. I've read all the books written about JFK Jr.Most of them give you insight into what his life was really like. Kennedy just wanted to be a normal person and be treated like one.