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Matt Berman wrote this book from his heart and it shows. A wonderful book of memories for all of us to share. Having lost many people in my own life (most were like John & Carolyn -- way too young)!!! I laughed through the book and cried at the end. After reading the book, I felt as if I had known John and grieved at the end for the loss of 3 wonderful, intelligent and charismatic people, gone way before their time. You did a great job Matt Thank You
This is a beautifully written tribute to the relationship and history between the author and JFK Jr. I've read most of the books written about JFK Jr and this is by far one of the most touching and authentic histories I've read. Clearly the author had genuine affection for Kennedy and it comes through in his writing. The author himself makes for a very interesting character, which is a big deal when the other main character is one of the most famous men to have lived in the modern age. Great details about the beginnings of George Magazine and interesting anecdotes about the celebrities who posed for the famous covers. Kennedy is depicted in an honest and positive light, great stories inside these pages. GEORGE was truly a moment in time and this author captured it so well. Definitely one of my favorite bio's on JFK Jr that I've read.
The ONLY reason I bought this book was because you worked with John and were friends. This book, like Rosemarie Terrenzino's, and Rob Littel's, and Carole Radziwill's books, are the ONLY books anyone ever needs to read if they truly want to know who John was, what he was really like as a person, what he stood for and believed in, and why he was truly so loved. It wasn't because he looked like a Greek God, was the son of Camelot, and next to his father was the most famous Kennedy. It was because he was a real, down to earth normal person, a gentleman to the extent that's rarely seen, and the truest of friends. Kudos, MattBerman, for sharing your memories and stories of John. It's so nice to read about HIM and not what some author who never knew him thinks of him and passes along hearsay and gossip as if it were fact, to make a buck off his name...like a couple of so called friends of John's. It still seems like the loss of John is somehow a mistake of fate; like it should be impossible to take someone like him when he had so much to do, so many lives yet to touch. Thanks, MattBerman.
This is a book about publishing and the role Matt played in making George come alive. It gives a detailed view into the inner workings of George through the eyes of a hard worker whose vision was put to life in George. The book felt truthful; the author didn't fake the truth. I liked that. He said it like it was. He didn't just say Babs is so great and easy. No, he told the truth of his contact with her irrespective of their celebrity. How Demi was beautiful in person but totally took over cover shoot idea. And through it all you get a deeper view into how John's warmth and love impacted the lives around him. How John helped the author to value who he really was, a vibrant, talented, good-looking, confident person. This isn't a dumbo gossip book. It's genuine and you have to invest in the author's life to truly appreciate it. It may not be for John worshippers, but it is definitely for those that want a real look at the people and activities that surrounded him.
I loved John Kennedy and wanted to know more about his life before he died. Instead, a beautiful surprise unfolded: I got to know the self-deprecating, talented Matt Berman. Deftly not turning this into an "I rubbed shoulders with a famous guy so that makes me a little bit famous too, right?", Berman's recollections become a perfect recipe. Interesting background on the famous guy, respectful even while he shows JFK Jr.'s little flaws, but an even more spacious story about how the magazine's innards looked. Fascinating. Berman never takes himself too seriously, nor does he talk like a know-it-all about all things JFK Jr. In the end, I was much more intrigued by Berman himself than the famous person he writes about. That takes masterful storytelling and Berman's got the goods. But he doesn't try too hard - he's the talented guy with a lack of self confidence, hiding out in the corners & observing. Still, the brightness of him shines straight through in this book.
A really fine book about a friendship. But so much more than that. I remember the morning JFK Jr., his wife and her twin sister disappeared. For those of us who cared about the Kennedy family, this was just the worst news imaginable. Reading about the magazine and the life he shared with his friends brings it back but not in a morbid way. If you live long enough you too will have many memories. And many of them will carry you through the sad times. Matt Berman was a lucky guy. And he knows it. I thank him for sharing with us.
A huge shout out to Matt Berman!! If only we could all have a friendship like he did with John. I'm sad by his loss no matter how many of these books I read, but one true theme remains the same... John was larger than life and the most down to earth human being on the planet. Thanks Matt for sharing your friendship and reaffirming the funny, kind and genuine person JFK Jr. was. I miss him and I didn't even know him, but certainly feel like I did.
Wonderful addition to my growing collection of Kennedy Memorabilia. I've always been a JFK reader and have the majority books written about him, before and after the assignation. I have followed both children over the years, keeping track of their successes, as well as the lesser accomplishments. John John died well too young. That's one reason I continue to research his death, along with other family tragedies. I'm happy to add this to my other books and paperwork. Note: References from the magazine GEORGE are also useful research materials. If you need a certain monthly copy, I have extras!