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Joshua Son of None is a 1973 political thriller by Nancy Freedman. Dr Thor Bitterbaum is in Dallas in November 1963 when the mortally wounded President of the United States (strongly implied to be, but never named as, John F. Kennedy) is brought to the hospital at which he works. Bitterbaum, recalling recent research in cloning, saves some of the President's tissue. He arrJoshua Son of None is a 1973 political thriller by Nancy Freedman. Dr Thor Bitterbaum is in Dallas in November 1963 when the mortally wounded President of the United States (strongly implied to be, but never named as, John F. Kennedy) is brought to the hospital at which he works. Bitterbaum, recalling recent research in cloning, saves some of the President's tissue. He arranges for its cloning and the implantation of an embryo into a surrogate mother, and the adoption of the infant by a wealthy businessman, Gerald K. Kellogg. Bitterbaum and Kellogg arrange for the child, Joshua Francis Kellogg, to have formative experiences similar to those of the late President so that he will develop a similar character and perhaps, in time, rise to leadership of the country. Eventually the clone learns of his origins and, after considerable soul-searching, decides to pursue his destiny. The plot is similar to, but obviously more benign than, Ira Levin's The Boys from Brazil, published three years later....

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ISBN : 9780440042983
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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Joshua, Son of None Reviews

  • Bill
    2019-05-12 15:09

    I read this book in 1973. It was highly memorable and, if memory serves, well written. I doubt if it's still in print but if I find a copy, I'll buy it and re-read it. The title is a clever play on words with the biblical character, Joshua, son of Nun. The book anticipates cloning - long before cloning became a reality - of John F Kennedy. While Joshua is physically identical to Kennedy, his personality and experiences are utterly different. The attempted rape scene by an oiled and naked assailant is shocking (for the time). I saw the other reviews in this site and was a bit perplexed: did they read the same book I did?

  • Gerald
    2019-04-26 09:17

    This is the first book I ever read for pleasure. Growing up reading was always an assignment and I literally hated to read. This book gets a 5 Star rating for one reason and that is because I credit it for making the wonderful world of books accessible to me.

  • Lady Heather
    2019-04-25 11:32

    I read this book a loooong time ago, and never forgot this incredible story or the wonderful writing.It is now my mission to try and hunt down a 'hard copy' of this book so I can share it with my children.

  • Christopher Sutch
    2019-05-14 12:28

    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this novel. I'd never heard of Nancy Freedman (and still know virtually nothing about her; I received this book from a friend twenty years ago) and, frankly, didn't expect much. However, this novel quite skillfully and thoroughly explores the practicality and the ethics of cloning while also telling a good story with fine attention to characterization and the crafting of an engaging plot. It is compulsively readable. The jacket claims this was the first novel written about cloning (published in 1973), a claim of which I am skeptical: surely some science fiction writer had engaged the subject before? But Freedman's book is certainly one of the earliest to deal with the moral and ethical quandaries involved, and she does an excellent job of imagining what effect the knowledge of his "original" life and how it ended affect the mind and decisions of the cloned protagonist. The book is at times overly and unnecessarily didactic (especially as she is forced to cover so much ground toward the end of the novel), and is disturbingly eugenic in its implicit and explicit attitudes toward cloning (only the rich, artists, scientists, or great leaders should be cloned Freedman argues; she was introduced to the topic through the Eugenics program at Cal Tech in the 1960s, which seems an incredibly quaint and shocking place to have existed well past the days of the eugenics movements of the early twentieth century). But the good aspects of the novel far outweigh these problems. An interesting and rewarding read.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-02 15:22

    I cannot figure out why this book is out of print. At the very least, Joshua, Son of None needs to be resurrected (pardon the pun) and available for Kindle so more people can discover this fantastic book. I also hope that someone, somewhere, has the movie rights to this book. I became aware of this book as it was parked in my closet as a little girl, left there as 'required reading' for my older brother and sister (15 years older); otherwise I would have never heard of it. My husband found a used copy for me on ebay and gave it to me for Christmas and I will cherish it and only loan it out upon threat of severe punishment to anyone who loses it!

  • Aldrich
    2019-05-10 09:30

    What would happen if one of the doctor's who was at Parkland Hospital on the day of JFK's assassination took a sample of DNA, and he was cloned? I know, right? But while the premise seems too far-fetched, the book is a page-turner and I found myself reading it for a day until completion. How would JFK's life be assimilated into this new version? Would he have the same values, judgments, experiences that shaped John Kennedy? Most of all, can anything be done to change fate? Recommended if you can find it.

  • Kelli
    2019-05-04 12:05

    I read this when the mystery and sadness of JFK was still very much in the minds and hearts of America. Absolutely cool how many elements come into this story. Some futuristic stuff (it was projected into the 80's from the 60's perspective) and biblical references and cloning and fate. I have thought about this book a thousand times since my teen years and so glad to see others who have enjoyed it as much as I did. I would recommend this highly!!

  • Roberta Sallee
    2019-05-12 10:10

    I read this book a really long time ago and recently re-read it.I enjoyed it the first time and thought I remembered it, but there were so many aspects I had forgotten or changed in my mind.It was written before cloning was a reality (I think) so the author's whole background explanation was interesting.The irony of the ending was not unexpected.

  • Maureen
    2019-05-12 09:11

    I first read this book probably when I was in high school. And it has stuck with me for a very long time. I got a used paperback copy a while ago and grabbed it from my book pile. I got sucked in again! Such a creepy but cool story of cloning - kind of a nature vs nurture kind of story (or science vs nurture, really!)Four stars because even though it is rather dated, it still grabbed my attention and I read it cover to cover without stopping.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-24 14:18

    You know, for awhile I thought the dated 70's language was the worst thing about this book. This book, in which JFK is cloned, covers the same territory as the far superior "Boys from Brazil". The main character "Joshua", the clonee, never draws us in, and I really never engaged. How could I, when the characters (only Joshua and his family members, for the most part) exist outside of any context for the current world they live in? And though the name "Kennedy" is never actually mentioned, Joshua's annoyingly coy name is Joshua Francis Kellogg. Get it? Astoundingly, when the cloning is "revealed" and discussion takes place of its effect on the world, no mention is ever made of contacting the actual Kennedy (or nameless) family. Um, the doctor did in fact steal those cells from the dying President. The worst thing, though, the book gets to a certain point and you think: "If the most ridiculous, predictable, a blind-man-on-a-galloping-horse-could-see-it-coming ending takes place, have I really wasted all this time?" The answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Wasted time you'll never get back, like stopping to watch the Country Bears Jamboree at Disneyland. That's another 30 minutes of your life you'll never get back.Two stars because it was mildly interesting before the ending was telegraphed, in 100 foot neon letters.

  • Trish
    2019-04-24 14:07

    I first read this book back when I was fresh fromThe Boys from Brazil, and trying to get my English teacher to include books I liked. She, an awesome lady, handed me a copy of this. I then read it about a dozen times. Then a few more.I'm fascinated by the idyllic aura put around the Kennedy presidency and the early "clones and nature nurture" ideas. This is a perfect companion piece to the aforementioned "Boys from Brazil." The idea that with enough planning the world can get someone hack is fascinating and compelling and doesn't take into account the subject. One day I hope they make a movie.

  • Judy
    2019-04-25 09:06

    This fictional tale begins with the assassination of JFK. At the hospital a doctor takes a sample of his flesh and later decides to try to clone the President.It's hard to believe that the same author wrote Mrs. Mike.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-08 10:29

    This is kind of the obverse of The Boys from Brazil. The basic point--that clones are individuals, and that heredity is not destiny, is one that SHOULDN'T need to be argued. After all, nobody argues that identical twins are the same in all detail--or do they?

  • Meredith
    2019-04-25 08:18

    JFK is shot and dies, but he was cloned into a man named Joshua, who is being raised just like JFK in the hopes that he will be the next hope for America. This was recommended to me by a nun who taught physics, but it's pretty forgettable. Kind of reminds me of "The Boys from Brazil".

  • Tina
    2019-05-18 13:27

    I read this book in the early 1970's and was absolutely obsessed with it. I loved it. I was obsessed with the JFK assassination so of course I read this over and over. A really imaginative book. I wish I could find a copy. I'd read it again.

  • Bob Rust
    2019-05-20 09:07

    Joshua Son of None (1973) one of the earliest novels to deal with cloning depicts the intrigue surrounding the childhood and adolescence of Joshua Francis Kellogg, cloned in 1963 from the body of John F Kennedy.

  • Chad Roberts
    2019-05-05 14:13

    Pretty interesting concept, but not a very smooth read. There were many moments that I enjoyed, but they were halted by rambling parts that didn't seem to serve much purpose.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-05-06 10:21


  • Mary-Elizabeth
    2019-05-22 15:05

    Another book that involves shaping someone's life/destiny: Lamentation

  • Cheryl Battisti
    2019-05-23 11:09

    I read this book in high school. I didn't enjoy it this time around.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-05-07 14:30

    Medical science fiction political thriller. Nothing special.

  • John Lueckenotte
    2019-05-12 14:08

    read this at an early age when I went through a JFK fascination phase

  • LindaBranham Greenwell
    2019-04-22 10:05

    A book of cloning written in 1973. It is one of the books I have kept

  • Xerxessia
    2019-05-22 13:33

    Interessante Ausführung zur Frage, was die Persönlichkeit ausmacht: Soziale Prägung und/oder Gene. Auch ethische Fragen zum Thema Kloning von Menschen sind nach wie vor diskutabel.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-01 14:27

    Interesting take on cloning and what might have been. A quick read, but worth it!

  • Paula
    2019-05-17 15:05

    I read this book years ago and it stayed with me. I cannot believe it has not been made into a movie.

    2019-05-07 08:35

    An excellent book on the ramifications of cloning.I read this a while ago. The ethical discussion is kept brief. The novel didn't go into some logical problems with the Kennedy family. I think this novel gets each time I read it.

  • Judy
    2019-05-12 09:33

    I read this book years ago, when I was working at a planetarium and beginning to read science fiction. This book appealed because I liked Mrs. Mike, which was written by NF and her husband, Benedict Freedman. I find it interesting to see how authors incorporate genetics into scifi.

  • Kristy
    2019-04-29 12:11

    Read it as a teenager and still remember it, so for me that makes it a significant book.