Every Day Is Extra

Every Day Is Extra

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"John Kerry tells the story of his extraordinary life of public service, from decorated Vietnam veteran to five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State for four years: a personal and candid memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history, including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accords."--Provided by publisher.
"John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life--from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state for four years--in this revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history. [This book] is John Kerry's candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state--Ohio--of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee and succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East, dealt with the Syrian civil war while combating ISIS, and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. [This] is Kerry's passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. He tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. Few books convey as convincingly as this one a life of public service like the one John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership in addressing the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world."--Dust jacket.
Kerry shares details of his life in public service. From decorated Vietnam veteran to five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State for four years, he provides a personal and candid memoir as a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history. He tells tales about his colleagues, and major political figures he has met in his travels, while providing testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership in a globalized world. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Multiscript Copyrightdate: �2018
ISBN: 9781501178955
1501178954
9781471177347
1471177343
Characteristics: 622 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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EmilyEm
Sep 24, 2018

Thoughtful memoir by former Secretary of State. Kerry skillfully blends the professional and personal aspects of his life. Given I’m nearly the same age, it was engaging to read of his early life, influences and choices. The ‘every day is extra’ is such an appropriate title. There’s much to admire in his approach to living. Recommended.

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StarGladiator
May 31, 2018

When Kerry ran for the presidency, losing to George W. Bush [who neither qualified as an officer nor pilot, yet was carried on the ANG roster as both], he briefly described those corporate types who offshored American jobs as Benedict Arnolds, then halted that behavior after his advisors explained his multi-billion dollar fortune [by way of marriage to the Huntz widow] was taking a hit because of this attitude.
Assuredly not a character reference . . .
[Yes, Kerry was pivotal in securing an agreement - - NOT a treaty, treaties must be ratified by congress - - with Iran, thanks to the connections of his Iranian-son-in-law to Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister, but those billions freed up and returned to Iran went directly into their international terrorist activities, so the outcome wasn't particularly justifiable.]
Over the years I read many incorrect and planted stories on Kerry, some suggesting he is an Irish-American [his ancestry is Austrian-Jewish and Scottish, descended from the major Forbes dope dealer, responsible for establishing at least part of the Forbes fortune] - - which he is not. Also, have repeatedly read that he grew up in a low-income background; having come from such myself, I can certainly attest that, unlike Kerry, I never // summered \\ at the Forbes family estate in France every year, the way Johnnie did!
Kerry, IMHO, did a poor job investigating the BCCI scandal and its links to the White House when it was occupied by his Skull & Bones frat brother, President George H.W. Bush.

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