Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry audiobook

Every Day Is Extra

By John Kerry
Read by John Kerry

Simon & Schuster Audio UK
28.43 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781471181245

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s personal story. The title comes from a saying he and his buddies had in Vietnam. A child of privilege, Kerry went to private schools and Yale, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He commanded river patrols – swift boats – and was highly decorated, but he discovered that the truth about what was happening in Vietnam was different from what the government was reporting. He returned home disillusioned, became active against the war, and testified in Congress as a 27-year-old veteran who opposed the war. In 2004 he ran for president against the incumbent, George W. Bush and came within one state – Ohio – of winning. In Every Day Is Extra he explains why he chose not to contest widespread voting irregularities in Ohio, fearing that after the 2000 election went to the U.S. Supreme Court, another challenge would undermine confidence in the voting system. Kerry returned to the Senate, endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, and when Clinton resigned in 2012 to run for the presidency, Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State. In that position he tried – and like all his predecessors, failed – to find peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (he is critical of both sides but especially Prime Minister Netanyahu); dealt with the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS; negotiated the Iran nuclear deal; and signed the Paris climate accord. This is a personal book, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always moving. Secretary Kerry describes some of the remarkable events of his life, such as discovering that his paternal grandfather committed suicide – something his father never told him – and that this grandfather was Jewish, not Irish (he changed his name to Kerry from Kohn, and also converted to Catholicism). His account of his experiences in Vietnam is riveting. His story of his first real meeting with John McCain, another Vietnam veteran, is one of the most moving stories in the book; his respect for McCain is genuine and inspiring. Every Day Is Extra shows listeners how arduous it is to run for president and how demanding the role of secretary of state is. Listeners of this audio book, whatever their political persuasion, will come away grateful that we have public servants who are prepared to spend their lives in service to their country. They will also come away with a new appreciation of John Kerry, a man often portrayed as aloof and stiff, but as this book reveals, funny, warm, and dedicated.

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New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in International Diplomacy

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s personal story. The title comes from a saying he and his buddies had in Vietnam. A child of privilege, Kerry went to private schools and Yale, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He commanded river patrols – swift boats – and was highly decorated, but he discovered that the truth about what was happening in Vietnam was different from what the government was reporting. He returned home disillusioned, became active against the war, and testified in Congress as a 27-year-old veteran who opposed the war.

In 2004 he ran for president against the incumbent, George W. Bush and came within one state – Ohio – of winning. In Every Day Is Extra he explains why he chose not to contest widespread voting irregularities in Ohio, fearing that after the 2000 election went to the U.S. Supreme Court, another challenge would undermine confidence in the voting system.

Kerry returned to the Senate, endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, and when Clinton resigned in 2012 to run for the presidency, Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State. In that position he tried – and like all his predecessors, failed – to find peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (he is critical of both sides but especially Prime Minister Netanyahu); dealt with the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS; negotiated the Iran nuclear deal; and signed the Paris climate accord.

This is a personal book, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always moving. Secretary Kerry describes some of the remarkable events of his life, such as discovering that his paternal grandfather committed suicide – something his father never told him – and that this grandfather was Jewish, not Irish (he changed his name to Kerry from Kohn, and also converted to Catholicism). His account of his experiences in Vietnam is riveting. His story of his first real meeting with John McCain, another Vietnam veteran, is one of the most moving stories in the book; his respect for McCain is genuine and inspiring. Every Day Is Extra shows listeners how arduous it is to run for president and how demanding the role of secretary of state is.

Listeners of this audio book, whatever their political persuasion, will come away grateful that we have public servants who are prepared to spend their lives in service to their country. They will also come away with a new appreciation of John Kerry, a man often portrayed as aloof and stiff, but as this book reveals, funny, warm, and dedicated.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

'Fine reading for politics junkies, especially those with an interest in how policy is made . . . A smart look at not just [Kerry's] life, but also our times.'
'The difference between memoir and autobiography can be fuzzy, but Every Day Is Extra . . . has both the reflective candor of the former and the painstaking, chronological detail of the latter.'
'[A] fine memoir . . . This book reveals a man of quiet, passionate patriotism, immense intelligence, and thoughtfulness.'
'The war hero, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate has plenty to write about – and to be right about.'
Kerry saw US power much as he saw his own privilege: as a call to service. His memoir gives a comprehensive and, in places, moving account of his response to that call. People disagree over the wisdom and effectiveness of US foreign policy in the Kerry years, but there can be no serious dispute about the integrity and patriotism that Kerry brought to the job.’ 
'The strength of Kerry’s memoir is that it draws back the curtain on a life you thought you knew, but turns out to be a bit different . . . A surprisingly personal book.' David Ignatius
'In these pages Kerry shows remarkable honesty, depth, even spirituality . . . There is remarkable poignancy — not the usual currency of the career politician and the country’s top diplomat.' David M. Shribman
'Every Day Is Extra offers a detailed record of an important life . . . it is frank, thoughtful and clearly written . . . What lingers are not the parts but the whole; not the life, but the man. . . A bittersweet reminder of what the country once demanded of its leaders.' Gideon Rose
“The difference between memoir and autobiography can be fuzzy, but Every Day Is Extra…has both the reflective candor of the former and the painstaking, chronological detail of the latter.” New Yorker
"Every Day Is Extra is a booster shot of old school, small-l liberal values.” New York Times
“In these pages Kerry shows remarkable honesty, depth, even spirituality…Here is remarkable poignancy—not the usual currency of the career politician and the country’s top diplomat.” Boston Globe
“The war hero, senator, secretary of state, and presidential candidate has plenty to write about—and to be right about.” Guardian (London)
“This fine memoir…reveals a man of quiet, passionate patriotism, immense intelligence, and thoughtfulness.” Publisher Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: John Kerry

Author Bio: John Kerry

John Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US senator. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Every Day Is Extra, and other books, including A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, The New War, and This Moment on Earth. He is a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 28.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English