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Biographer tells of ‘Union Jack’ Kennedy

Seaside library welcomes author Christopher Sandford Oct. 10

Published on October 12, 2017 7:01AM


SEASIDE — At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, as the Friends of the Seaside Library welcomes author Christopher Sandford, who will speak on his new book, “Union Jack: John F. Kennedy’s Special Relationship with Great Britain.” The event takes place in the Seaside Library’s Community Room, and there will be book sales and signings.

President Kennedy carried on a lifelong affection for England and the English people. From his speaking style to his tastes in art, architecture, theater, music and clothes, his personality reflected his deep interest in a certain kind of idealized Englishness.

In “Union Jack,” Sandford, a noted biographer, tracks Kennedy’s exploits in Great Britain between 1935 and 1963. He delves into the unique way Britain shaped JFK throughout his adult life and how Kennedy charmed British society.

This mutual affinity took place against a backdrop of some of the 20th century’s most profound events, including the Great Depression, Britain’s appeasement of Hitler, World War II and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The book is based on extensive archival work as well as firsthand accounts from former British acquaintances, including old girlfriends. “Union Jack” charts Kennedy’s struggle to escape the shadow of his father, who was the former ambassador to Great Britain, and his pro-British rhetoric that was rivaled only by Winston Churchill.

In the centennial year of his birth, this unique and enduring portrait gives us a glimpse into another side of JFK.

Sandford is the author of 19 books and has written for a variety of publications including the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone. His biographies of Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain and Sting have been bestsellers. Born in London, Sandford splits his time between Seattle and England.

The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.


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