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June 3, 2014

CAPITOL LIMITED by David R. Stokes

A True Story Novel
David R. Stokes

Capitol Limited: A Story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
  •  1 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494964058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494964054
A story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon

"Boarding the Capitol Limited for home at midnight, the two ex-navy officers, the one who had gone to Harvard, the other who would have loved to, drew straws for the lower berth.  Nixon won.  Then, as the train rolled on toward Washington, the two spent the early-morning hours talking about their true standoff with the Soviets in Europe, which Bernard Baruch had just christened the 'cold war.'"
--from "KENNEDY & NIXON: 
The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America," 
by Chris Matthews

David R. StokesDavid R. Stokes (57) is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He is currently working on several projects for publication 2014.

Retired FBI Agent and Bestselling author, Bob Hamer, says, "David Stokes combines his meticulous research with a writing style which makes you feel as though you are that fly-on-the-wall witnessing history as it unfolds."
David grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area and has been a minister for 35 years. Along the way he added radio broadcaster, columnist, and author to his resume, while living and serving in Texas, Illinois, New York, and for the past 15 years--beautiful Northern Virginia. David has been married to his wife, Karen, for 37 years and they have been blessed with three daughters--all now grown and with wonderful children of their own. There are, in fact, seven grandchildren, a fact verified by hundreds--maybe thousands--of pictures, as well as an ever-growing collection of toys joyously cluttering their  home.

David R. Stokes


 Based on extensive research, and complete with a lengthy and unusual-for-a-novel bibliography, CAPITOL LIMITED gives readers the chance to eavesdrop as two men have an animated conversation about history, world leaders, and the brewing geopolitical issues they would one day face as leaders of the free world. It was the dawn of the Cold War, and these two former Naval officers were developing a vision for the world, one that would be "tempered by a hard and bitter peace." And years later, the political torch would be passed to John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who represented "a new generation of Americans." They would become America's premier Cold Warriors.
The book sets stage around John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon as they spent several hours traveling together in 1947 from Pennsylvania to Washington D.C. in.
I believe the book might be better for mature adults, since the two men use profanity in their conversations. As historical fiction, I was a little confused at first about the bold print quotes that had no references.
Nixon and Kennedy were in their prime, U.S. House of Representative freshmen being asked to a debate about labor unions taking place in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. 
After the debate, they got aboard the Capitol Limited, 
B & O's :Deluxe Pullman Dieseliner - Luxurious Train of Distinction" to go back home. I found myself learning quite a bit as I read the book.  I can imagine that the Capitol Limited was quite fancy with all the trimmings.
As the men settled in, a discussion started that would last into the wee hours of the morning.  Here we have two men, different political beliefs, different back-grounds and  very different financial status.  They came from opposite American coasts.   Their Navy experience was the only thing they had in common.
Their topics of conversation were wide and diversified from Truman, Hoover, Churchill to the Logan Act, Korea, Poland's "Forest People", and Palestine. 
I could almost picture the two of them as they laughed about Kennedy's tattered passport.  They were like two old ladies gossiping about anyone and everyone that had anything to do with politics.
They seemed to share some common goals and dreams.  But they both focused on foreign affairs.
I enjoyed the author's notes giving the reader some background information
I would recommend this book to anyone who was and still is interested in these two presidents or anyone who is wanting to learn a little more information of the two.  The author has included quite a bit about these two men.   I know I learned a lot.   So pick yourself up a copy and read about the two Presidents who were totally opposite but while they were on that train they talked as though they had much in common.

I was given a complimentary copy of CAPITOL LIMITED from the author, David R. Stokes for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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