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John and Carolyn, resting in peace (or pieces?)
John and Carolyn, resting in peace (or pieces?)
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JFK. Gunned down in cold blood.
JFK Jr. Flew into the Great Unknown, with wife Carolyn Bessette as hiis companion.
Matt Berman was John Kennedy Jr.’s creative director for George magazine, and had a wonderfully collaborative and fun-loving relationship with America’s favorite son. He shares it, touching without any boasting, in JFK Jr., George & Me (Gallery Books, $26).
When Berman was hired to serve as creative director for George in 1995, he embarked on an unforgettable personal and professional journey. Matt and John became an unlikely team: the poised, charismatic son of a beloved political family and the shy, self-deprecating, artistic kid. Yet they became close friends and confidants. In this warm, funny, and intimate book, Matt remembers his brilliant friend and colleague.
Matt describes how he learned to navigate the new and rarified world of larger-than-life personalities from Barbra Streisand (I loved his recollection of her photo shoot (as Betsy Ross!) to Robert De Niro. He shares not only the personal story of his relationship with John, but also the lessons he learned while working alongside him–from John’s approach to work, life, and fame, to his ease and grace, which charmed those around him.
More than any book before it, JFK Jr., George & Me reveals the John Kennedy Jr. that the media could never fully capture. Berman opens the doors of John’s messy office to share previously untold stories, personal notes, and never-before-seen photos from the trenches of a startup magazine.
John helped Matt navigate a world filled with celebrities, artists, beauty, style, competition and tender egos. In turn, Matt shares the invaluable lessons about business and life that he learned from John.
The author paints a vivid portrait of JFK Jr. that only a select few have ever seen, offering a touching and honest tribute to John’s legacy.

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