Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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An intimate portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr., from his closest friend with 16 pages of color photos 

From the iconic image of a little boy saluting his father’s casket to his tragic death at age thirty- eight, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was never far from the public eye. Now the friend who John was flying to see the night he died reveals the private man behind the public myth. Billy and John shared summers in Hyannisport and formed a bond in the Kennedy compound that lasted well into adulthood. With Forever Young, Noonan offers a unique glimpse into the private life of his boyhood friend—his courtship with Carolyn, his relationship with his mother, Jackie, and his struggle with being the son of a great man he hardly remembered. Affectionate yet candid, Noonan’s deeply personal memoir ultimately emerges as the definitive portrait of the son of Camelot.
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About the author

William Sylvester Noonan is a graduate of Boston College. He is the author of Forever Young, an account of his close friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert Huber is a senior editor at Philadelphia magazine. He is the author of Finding Carol and Forever Young, cowritten with William Sylvester Noonan.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Sep 19, 2006
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781101218747
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous
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Eligible for Family Library

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