RosettaBooks Releases William Manchester's Two JFK Chronicles on eBook

RosettaBooks adds to its William Manchester catalog with the ebook releases of Portrait of a President and One Brief Shining Moment. Manchester, an award-winning author, was Professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University and a prolific chronicler of historical events that shaped America and the modern world during the mid-20th Century.

First published in 1962, Portrait of a President is William Manchester's firsthand account of the life of President Kennedy. Drawn from his personal friendship with the President and the Kennedy family, and from more than 40 interviews conducted during JFKs first year in office, Manchester provides a glimpse into the chaotic, yet magical, world and times of the Kennedy administration. Manchester himself provided updates to the book after the assassination of the President, and Portrait of a President remains a classic must-read for anyone interested in John F. Kennedy, the man.

One Brief Shining Moment, first released in 1983, is Manchester's celebration of Kennedy and the extraordinary period of American history. Manchester admired Kennedy and was proud to call him a friend. Twenty years after JFK's death, Manchester takes us from the wedding of Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, through the presidency with a look back on those years as only time can provide. Manchester uses his own reality to show that the myth of Camelot was not just a label for the times.

RosettaBooks also publishes Manchester's books Controversy, The Glory and the Dream, and H.L. Menken in eBook.

About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is a leading independent trade publisher headquartered in New York City. The company launched in 2001 with a list of 100 preeminent digital backlist titles. Today the company's 800-plus title list includes classic eBooks of every category, as well as an original line of frontlist nonfiction books. RosettaBooks' prominent author collections include 100 works by M.C. Beaton, 52 works by Winston Churchill, 35 works by Arthur C. Clarke, 20 works by Kurt Vonnegut, 12 works by Stephen R. Covey, and 18 works by Robert Graves. In addition, RosettaBooks publishes eBook lines in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic, and the Associated Press. Through a partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, RosettaBooks offers full nationwide print distribution. RosettaBooks' trade program publishes high-profile thought leaders such as Alan Dershowitz, Jamie Merisotis, and William D. Eggers, as well as personal memoir, humor, and business titles. RosettaBooks was named an Inc. 500 company in 2015, on the exclusive list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. For more information, please visit

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