John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

Kennedy and PT-109John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

This is one of those books I am a bit wishy-washy on weeding. This youth oriented book was about his service during World War II and his experience in the Solomon Islands when his boat was rammed and cut in half. Kennedy and the surviving crew made it to a nearby island and were eventually rescued. All good stuff and just about every biography on Kennedy discusses this event.

Aside from the obvious age and condition, this might be worth keeping in some libraries. First, the story is interesting. Although not a contemporary account, it is worth a look, as Kennedy is a popular subject. However, the book’s design and feel is old-looking and I would wonder if kids would just pass this by before giving it a chance.¬†If I had space and interest in Kennedy, beyond what a regular bio would do, I might consider keeping this one. Comments?


Kennedy receives a medal

U.S. Mosquito Boats Invade Solomon Islands

Shipwrecked on an island



  1. Interesting story, but no, kids would not check this out. Too old (not just looking old, it IS old, although not as old as I!), and the black and white photos would turn them off.

    1. Really? What’s wrong with kids today (LOL I know how that sounds)? Old books are wonderful! When I was a child I loved the old books at my grandparents’ house — my mother’s childhood books, and even some of my grandfather’s. A little older, I read the books that had come with our house, mostly adult fiction from the 1930s and 1940s. Oh, and my father’s original Tom Swift books, stuff like that. The bound volumes of St. Nicholas magazine from 1904-1908 (which I still have) had only black-and-white photos because that is what there was. If kids won’t read things that aren’t “new,” I think they could be missing a lot. I did read books that were new but I certainly didn’t reject anything just because it wasn’t.

  2. I love, love, love the Landmarks books. I have some space in the history section and a LOT Of interest in WWII, so I would probably keep this one. I have a Butterworth book, Orders to Vietnam, that still circulates constantly even though it is weirdly textured and smells odd. Replacing it is impossible, so it stays!

  3. I would weed this in a heartbeat in my library. Kids just do not check out books that look old, no matter how good they may be. I’d buy a new book that covers the topic or, failing that, rely on the wonders of the internet to teach this little bit of history. But keeping this book on the shelf isn’t doing anyone any favors. It doesn’t matter how much I may love it if the community I serve won’t use it.

  4. The problem is, the only photos there are of this stuff are b&w. So even a new book is going to look old, though not as old as this.

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