Every Day Is Extra

Every Day Is Extra

by John Kerry


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An instant New York Times bestseller, John Kerry’s revealing memoir offers “a detailed record of an important life...frank, thoughtful, and clearly written...A bittersweet reminder of what the country once demanded of its leaders” (The New York Times Book Review).

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and he testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. Kerry was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state—Ohio—of winning. He succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

“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” (The Boston Globe). A witness to some of the most important events of our recent history, Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and how he deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Every Day Is Extra “draws back the curtain on a life you thought you knew, but turns out to be a bit different...A surprisingly personal book” (The Washington Post) that shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501178979
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 219,752
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

John Forbes Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator. Kerry is the author of Every Day Is Extra, A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, The New War, and the best-selling This Moment on Earth. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have two daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Chapter 1 Childhood 1

Chapter 2 Bright College Years 26

Chapter 3 Raising My Right Hand 42

Chapter 4 War 67

Chapter 5 The War at Home 110

Chapter 6 Finding My Way 132

Chapter 7 The Old Senate 149

Chapter 8 Holding Washington Accountable 182

Chapter 9 Making Peace 190

Chapter 10 A Time of Transition 202

Chapter 11 Cancer and Comebacks 250

Chapter 12 Within a Whisper 281

Chapter 13 Dusting Myself Off 330

Chapter 14 New President, Broken Senate 345

Chapter 15 Mr. Chairman 368

Chapter 16 Diplomacy in a Dangerous World 408

Chapter 17 Getting Caught Trying 440

Chapter 18 Preventing a War 485

Chapter 19 The Open Wound 524

Chapter 20 Protecting the Planet 556

Afterword 581

Acknowledgments 585

Index 591

Image Credits 623

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