The Men We Became - Robert T. Littell

The Men We Became

By Robert T. Littell

  • Release Date: 2013-08-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 58 Ratings


For over twenty years Robert Littell was John F. Kennedy Jr.'s closest confidant. Now, in a beautiful and moving memoir, Littell introduces us to the private John. A story of laughter and sorrow, joy and heartbreak, The Men We Became is an unforgettable memoir.

Rob Littell was a freshman at Brown when he met the young JFK, Jr. during orientation week. Although Littell came from a privileged background, it was worlds apart from the glamorous life of the son of the late President and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Eager to be accepted on his own terms, Kennedy admired Littell's irreverence toward his celebrity and they became close friends.

John opened up to Littell on a very personal level, revealing the complex and sometimes tense nature of his relationships with his sister and cousins, as well as his mother's extraordinary influence on John - and how they both worked to keep it from being overbearing. John's marriage had its ups and downs and Carolyn had made enemies of some of his friends, but she was in great shape mentally and physically and they were planning to have children.

Littell recounts wonderful dinners at Jacqueline Onassis's apartment where she surprised him with his favorite dinner of specially burned hamburgers and weekends at her retreat in Martha's Vineyard where she critiqued their touch football while lying on a chaise lounge, her face covered in cold cream and cucumber slices. As students, Littell and Kennedy bummed around Europe. They slept in Hyde Park, sampled the pleasures of Amsterdam, ran afoul of customs officers and almost got busted at the Ritz Hotel for smoking pot. They even shared apartments in New York City until Jackie summoned them to dinner one day and gently suggested it was time to grow up. The two went on to pursue their professional lives. John trained as a lawyer - and Littell speaks of his friend's anguish at repeatedly failing the bar - and then he founded his own political magazine, which seemed only fitting because Kennedy yearned to live up to the family name and accepted that politics would be his destiny. Later on, Littell was a part of JFK, Jr.'s secret wedding to Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and three years later a pallbearer at his funeral.

From shared adventures, private moments and lasting memories, Robert Littell offers a unique look at John F. Kennedy Jr.'s life - one that has never been seen before.


  • A Wonderful, Insightful Look at JFK Jr — Told by his Best Friend of 20 Years

    By NeedsAFix
    An extremely touching, poignant look at JFK Jr. from the unique perspective of his best friend of 20 years. Rob loved and respected John. That said, he also doesn’t make John out to be the Pope. In short, Robert “tells it like it (was).” Having just finished, I feel like I grew up with Rob and John! And accompanied them on their various adventures. (Their trip to Europe is not to be missed!) I also appreciate Rob’s observations and insights into Jackie Kennedy. Jackie always had an air of mystery about her; Rob’s observations help to pull back the curtain a bit. I’m so glad I read this book. I recommend it without hesitation. Thank you, Rob, for taking the time to write it. What a tremendous tribute to your best friend. I wish he were still with us.
  • Buy it!

    By GreggARizzo
    Wonderfully written book by his close friend. It's as if I got to know JFK, Jr. And wonder where we might be if he were alive today. He'd have been elected President.