Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. Kennedy by Caroline KennedyJacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. Kennedy

byCaroline Kennedy

Hardcover | September 14, 2011

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To mark John F. Kennedy's centennial, celebrate the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.
In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, for the first time, they can be read in this deluxe, illustrated eBook.
Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, with a nation deep in mourning and the world looking on in stunned disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy found the strength to set aside her own personal grief for the sake of posterity and begin the task of documenting and preserving her husband's legacy. In January of 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy approved a planned oral-history project that would capture their first-hand accounts of the late President as well as the recollections of those closest to him throughout his extraordinary political career. For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but beginning that March, she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy. The tapes of those sessions were then sealed and later deposited in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon its completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy's wishes.

The resulting eight and a half hours of material comprises a unique and compelling record of a tumultuous era, providing fresh insights on the many significant people and events that shaped JFK's presidency but also shedding new light on the man behind the momentous decisions. Here are JFK's unscripted opinions on a host of revealing subjects, including his thoughts and feelings about his brothers Robert and Ted, and his take on world leaders past and present, giving us perhaps the most informed, genuine, and immediate portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy we shall ever have. Mrs. Kennedy's urbane perspective, her candor, and her flashes of wit also give us our clearest glimpse into the active mind of a remarkable First Lady.

In conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's Inauguration, Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family are now releasing these beautifully restored recordings on CDs with accompanying transcripts. Introduced and annotated by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss, these interviews will add an exciting new dimension to our understanding and appreciation of President Kennedy and his time and make the past come alive through the words and voice of an eloquent eyewitness to history.
Caroline Kennedyis the editor of theNew York TimesbestsellingA Patriot's Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, A Family Christmas, and the coauthor ofThe Right to PrivacyandIn Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Fund ...
Title:Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. KennedyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.88 × 6.5 × 1.75 inPublished:September 14, 2011Publisher:HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401324258

ISBN - 13:9781401324254

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A VOICE FROM THE PAST This work ,compiled by Caroline Kennedy,offers significant insights into her late mother's thinking during the tumultuous times of her father's presidency.Although only a small portion of the tapes were released, one can only hope that more will be made available in the future.
Date published: 2011-09-22