Summary of A Call To Service
Copyright © John Kerry, 2003
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Former President Bill Clinton once remarked that running against an incumbent president is like an extended job interview with the American people. First you must convince them to vote the other fellow out of office, and then you must convince them that you would be a suitable replacement. In some ways this book is John Kerry’s extended epistle to the American people, explaining why he’s the right man for the job. Author Kerry demonstrates an impressive grasp of the issues, and yet explains them in a Clintonesque, common-sense manner. The book uses italicized anecdotes from Kerry’s past, pastiches cleverly woven throughout its fabric, to give the reader a sense of Kerry’s past without dwelling on it. This is much more a book about the future, and Kerry’s vision for America and how he intends to achieve it. getAbstract.com recommends this most highly for those who seek a better understanding of the man carrying the Democratic banner into the electoral battle.
About the Author
John Kerry, a graduate of Yale University, is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V and three Purple Hearts. Expected to hotly contest George W. Bush for the U.S. presidency, he is currently serving his fourth term as a Senator from Massachusetts. He is married to Teresa Heinz Kerry, has two daughters and three stepsons, and lives in Boston. His book on the global war on crime and terrorism, The New War, was published in 1997.