The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome author Christopher Sandford. 

He will discuss his new book, “Union Jack: John F. Kennedy’s special relationship with Great Britain.” 

John F. Kennedy carried on a lifelong affection for England and the English people.  From his speaking style to his tastes in art, architecture, theater, music and clothes, his personality reflected a deep interest in a certain kind of idealized Englishness.  In “Union Jack”, noted biographer Christopher Sandford tracks Kennedy’s exploits in Great Britain between 1935 and 1963.  He delves into the unique way Britain shaped JFK throughout his adult life and how Kennedy charmed British society.

This mutual affinity took place against a backdrop of some of the twentieth century’s most profound events including The Great Depression, Britain’s appeasement of Hitler, the Second World War, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  The book is based on extensive archival work as well as firsthand accounts from former British aquaintances, including old girlfriends.  “Union Jack” charts Kennedy’s struggle to escape the shadow of his father, who was the former Ambassador to Great Britain, and his pro-British rhetoric that was rivaled only by Winston Churchill.  In the centennial year of his birth, this unique and enduring portrait gives us a glimpse into another side of JFK.

Christopher Sandford is the author of nineteen books and has written for a variety of publications including the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, and Rolling Stone.  His biographies of Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain and Sting have been best sellers.  Born in London, Sandford splits his time between Seattle and England.

The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings.


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm