Chip Bishop is the great-grandnephew of Joseph Bishop. He has edited stories for radio and television, reported for newspapers, and written hundreds of articles, op-eds, and news releases. A member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the president and CEO of his own marketing and communications consultancy, he and his wife live in a historic sea captain's house near the Bass River on Cape Cod.
Partly a "comparative biography" that explores John F. Kennedy’s and Ronald Reagan’s contemporaneous lives from birth until 1960, Scott Farris's follow-up to his widely praised Almost President shows how the experiences, attitudes, and skills developed by each man later impacted his presidency. Farris also tackles the key issues--civil rights, foreign affairs, etc.--that impacted each man’s time in office. How did previous life experiences form their views on these issues, and how do their dealings around each issue compare and contrast? Bookended by an examination of their standing in public opinion and how that has influenced subsequent politicians, plus an exploration of how the assassination of Kennedy and attempted assassination of Reagan colored our memories, this book also shows how aides, friends and families of each man have burnished their reputations long after their presidencies ended.