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by David Pitts

Free eBook Jack and Lem download ISBN: 0306816237
Author: David Pitts
Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Pbk. Ed edition (March 25, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 384
Category: Biography and Memoir
Subcategory: Leaders and Notable People
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Jack and Lem", Carroll & Graf, 2007. JFK's Gay Best Friend Amos Lassen and Literary Pride There has been a great deal written about the Kennedy administration and it is still hard to believe that President Kennedy has been gone so long. One of the things that has just appeared in print is something new-Kennedy's oldest and most trusted friend was gay. In "Jack and Lem", author David Pitts looks at the relationship between the late president and Kirk LeMoyne Billings or "Lem".

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item 2 & David& And Lem (US IMPORT) BOOK NEW -& David& And Lem (US IMPORT) BOOK NEW. £1. 6. A chronicle of the lifelong relationship between John F. Kennedy and his oldest friend, Lem Billings, a gay man, maintained despite the inherent political danger.

I'm not that kind of boy,” Jack angrily wrote to Lem after his friend made a sexual advance. But Jack didn't end the relationship. From the time John F. Kennedy and Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings met at Choate, until the President's assassination thirty years later, Jack and Lem remained best friends. Lem was a virtual fixture in the Kennedy family who even had his own room at the White House. Drawing on hundreds of letters and telegrams between the two, plus Lem Billings's oral history and interviews with family and friends like Ben Bradlee, Gore Vidal, and Ted Sorensen, award-winning Kennedy scholar David Pitts tells the story of an unusual friendship that endured despite an era of rampant homophobia.
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A moving account of the lifelong friendship between a flaming heterosexual and rampant womaniser and a likeable, witty and charismatic man who just happened to prefer the company of men - a friendship that began at prep school and continued to the last days of JFK's life.
Lem was so close to both JFK and his wife that he famously had his own bedroom at the White House and was probably President Kennedy's most trusted confidant.
I really enjoyed this book - and truth be told I was surprised that a good Catholic boy like JFK was so open-minded and tolerant as to remain lifelong friends with Lem (after politely rebuffing his advances during adolescence) and to include him in his inner circle - presumably in spite of the potential risk of adverse publicity (at time when homosexuality was illegal), but Lem was discreet and dignified and seems to have values loyalty to his friend above all else.
Aside from the valuable insights into the life of President Kennedy the man, his family, his challenges and of his administration, this book is a masterpiece, a powerful tribute to the enduring value of true friendship, and in many ways it reveals Jack Kennedy, although flawed and imperfect, to have been a man who inspired the devotion, dedication and loyalty of those around him as well as being a man well ahead of his times.
I LOVE this book.
This is a fascinating exploration of a heretofore unknown story, the unwavering lifelong friendship between the most charismatic political figure of our time and a gay man who wanted nothing from the relationship but friendship. Jack Kennedy defied convention all his life, from refusing to 'wait his turn' to run for President to making whatever associations he cared to even if they went against convention or propriety. Ironically, JFK, a man with a talent for charming anyone, was at heart a lonely man who had very few truly intimate relationships. He was a womanizer with no interest in women, a pragmatist with little regard for ideology, and a man with a winning smile behind which was concealed a lot of pain and fatalism.
The narrative takes us through JFK's and Lem Billing's first meeting and thence through their intertwined lives up to the fateful tragic day when Kennedy was killed. The narrative wanes a bit over time as the source material dries up, these prolific letter writers eventually use the telephone and so the source material gets thin. But interviews with principals familiar with the relatioinship shed light on the story.
What is clear is that JFK never abandons Billings and vice-versa. Billings, who could have benefited personally from JFK's ascent to power, declines any largesse from his friend, wanting nothing more than the pleasure of his company. This is a valuable edition that illuminates yet another unknown aspect of JFK.
This is a very fascinating look at an important part of JFK's life, that many are un aware of. In addition, it explore the complex male-male non-sexual relationship, the mores of the times 1940s-1960s. And the utter devotion that one human can give to another. Having said this, to fully enjoy this very insightful book, you really should have an interest in JFK's life and history. Lem Billings was certainly an interesting fellow in is one right, make no mistake. There were a few "slow" parts in the begining but the book provided me hours of interesting reading.
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I was 13 when Kennedy was murdered. I will never forget that day or the times that followed. Bobby Kennedy was assassinated the week of my graduation from high school! This book offers wonderful insights into Jack, Jacque, Bobby and the entire family through the eyes of many family members and friends and especially through the many letters written to and from Lem Billings. Lem was - the 'other Kennedy' son who was an integral part of the family, Jack's best friend and the behind-the scenes strength during his presidency. Great photos. It was also a joy to relive the good parts of those bygone decades.
I am presently reading this book and cannot put it down! It is an amazing story of a special bond these two men shared. They were life-long friends until Dallas. I highly recommend this book for two reasons: it provides a personal side of JFK we rarely see and we also are exposed to JFK's views on WWII and our involvement with the fight against Hitler. It provides more insight into the appeasement position we took until Germany declared war on us.
The author has done a remarkable job of presenting the touching but implausible story of a 30-year friendship between President John F. Kennedy and a gay man who was his primary confidante and devoted source of support from age 16 until his untimely death. When I read about this new book in The Advocate magazine, I immediately ordered it, read it, and was not disappointed. Just when you think you've read everything there is to read about JFK, you discover the story of Lem Billings, whom I had never heard of. His devotion not only to JFK but to three generations of the Kennedy family is nothing short of amazing. This well-researched book also skillfully presents the context in which JFK grew up, became interested in politics, and was elected to the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. I learned a lot from this book about pre-WWII Europe, the war itself, the struggle for civil rights in the U.S., the early 50's McCarthy era, the relationship between JFK and Jackie Kennedy, other influential people in JFK's life, and his assassination and aftermath. A whole chapter about the history of public opinion toward gays and the rise of the gay rights movement in the U.S. is very moving and elucidating. I could go on, but suffice it to say that this is one book that I didn't want to see end. It's a real contribution to our understanding of 20th Century history.