Every day is extra

by Kerry, John, 1943-

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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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--a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Every Day Is Extra 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 combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry's passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry 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 the life of public service like that which 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 to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With a pedigree that reaches back to the Founding Fathers, Kerry may well have been destined to lead a life of public service. His father was in the U.S. Foreign Service after WWII, which started Kerry on a peripatetic life that would include Swiss boarding schools and jaunts around Europe. After serving with distinction in Vietnam, Kerry returned to the U.S. feeling conflicted about the honor of serving his country, given the duplicity of politicians who prolonged an unjust war. He channeled his passion for good governance into a career in Massachusetts politics that included five terms as U.S. Senator and the chairmanship of the influential Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry ran for the presidency in 2004 and served as President Obama's second secretary of state. Kerry's astonishing level of recall of the resonant moments of his life both in and out of politics turns his memoir into a rich and revealing look at signature public events during the last seven decades. Gracious and dedicated, Kerry epitomizes the term statesman, the embodiment of which may soon land on the endangered species list.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this fine memoir, retired politician Kerry, descended from a wealthy Boston Brahmin family on his mother's side, details a remarkable five-decade-long career in public service: decorated Vietnam veteran, antiwar leader, lieutenant governor and five-term senator from Massachusetts, 2004 presidential candidate, and secretary of state (2013-2017). He primarily discusses the joys and challenges of leadership roles in the political and diplomatic arenas; Kerry barely mentions his two marriages and two daughters, but recounts many close friendships, reflects on his political values, and writes movingly on issues of faith. He is particularly strong on the culture of the Senate, which "runs on relationships"-among those he befriended across the aisle was John McCain, who briefly considered joining him on the 2004 ticket-but lately has been corroded by the "spectacle and circus" of hyperpartisanship and showboating. Kerry also reveals his personable approach to diplomacy, as when he wooed China's then-foreign minister Yang Jiechi at a restaurant overlooking Boston Harbor as part of a successful effort to obtain a U.S.-China agreement on emissions reductions. In recounting encounters with foreign leaders, he often takes the measured, understated, and sometimes euphemistic tone of the elder statesman, as when he describes incendiary remarks by Afghan president Hamid Karzai as "quite unhelpful." This book reveals a man of quiet, passionate patriotism, immense intelligence, and thoughtfulness. Agent: Bob Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Kerry, John, -- 1943-
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Presidential candidates -- United States -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :2018.
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 622 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781501178955
1501178954
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