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Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy [With 8 CD's]

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In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, for the first time, they can be heard and read in this deluxe, illustrated book and 8-CD set.

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.

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The year 2013 is the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who still ranks as one of the top five presidents in every major annual survey. To commemorate the man and his time in office, the New York Times has authorized a book, edited by Richard Reeves, based on its unsurpassed coverage of the tumultuous Kennedy era. The Civil Rights Movement, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the space program, the Berlin Walland#151;all are covered in articles by the eraand#8217;s top reporters, among them David Halberstam, Russell Baker, and James Reston. Also included are new essays by leading historians such as Robert Dallek and Terry Golway, and by Times journalists, including Sam Tanenhaus, Scott Shane, Alessandra Stanley, and Roger Cohen. With more than 125 color and black-and-white photos, this is the ultimate volume on one of historyand#8217;s most fascinating figures.

and#147;This book is both fascinating and poignant. It brings us back into the Kennedy years while also allowing us to reflect on what made them so emotional. I found myself totally immersed."

and#151;Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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and#160;and#147;A deeply illuminating, journalistic romp through Camelot from the eyes and minds of the great New York Times reporters of that era and beyond. Itand#8217;s an important contribution to our nationand#8217;s ever growing U.S. presidential history library. Richard Reeves has corralled the best and the brightest Kennedy scholars to offer fact-checked wisdom. Highly recommended.and#8221; and#160;

and#151;Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

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and#160;and#147;The New York Timesand#8217; rendering of the Kennedy years provides much more than a riveting first draft of history. Here we also witness the birth of modern America. The daily presence of thepresident and his family through modern media all started with Kennedy. As we follow his presidency in real time, aided by context from Richard Reeves and others, we come to understand better much of whatand#160; is happening in the country today.and#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

and#151;Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC and NPR and author of Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation

and#160;

and#160;

and#147;A terrific introduction to the Kennedy presidency for those who did not live through it, and a startling reminder for those who did of how much happened in those 1,000 days, this compilation from The New York Times reveals the essential truth of the old adage that journalism is the rough draft of history. Commentaries by historians and current Times reporters fill in the gaps between what the journalists reported then and what we know now.and#8221;

and#151;David Nasaw, author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

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Caroline Kennedy is the author/editor of eight bestselling books on constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, Kennedy is the Vice Chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools. She is the President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the most distinguished historian of his times, was also renowned as a Public Intellectual and a political activist. Author of more than twenty-five books, he was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The eloquence, insight, and power that characterized his style continue to influence the generations of historians who follow him. Arthur Schlesinger was the author of major biographies of Andrew Jackson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as John and Robert Kennedy, books that significantly defined the modern presidency. He served as Special Assistant to the President during the Administration of John F. Kennedy.

Michael Beschloss has been called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by Newsweek. He is the author of nine books, including, most recently, The Conquerors and Presidential Courage and two volumes on Lyndon Johnson's presidential tapes. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Business School and holds five honorary degrees, as well as an Emmy award. He is a regular commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.

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TVPynchum, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by TVPynchum)
Historic Conversations with Jacqueline Kennedy is an often fascinating listen and look back into a not-so-distant past (the early-mid '60s) -- a time which seems familiarly "American" yet manages to simultaneously seem an alien world completely distinct and different from today's America political scene in spirit and mood, in the purposes and goals of the political players (as to why they seek to play the political game), in the culture of the time and even in the topics and conventions of conversation that political players might be willing to freely engage in without devolving into empty platitudes, obfuscations, calculations and spin.

The "historic" conversations go on for several hours (which can vary wildly in "interestingness") range the gamut from discussions of intense world-on-edge crises to the minutiae of the early 60's moment and discussions about long-forgotten political players to random interruptions and candid musings about this and that. The unguarded, reflective and candid quality that Jackie often brings forward in the tapes adds a welcome, enjoyable intimacy and everyday-ness to the life conveyed in the tapes. Listening and learning from Jackie Kennedy provides and enriching portrait of Kennedy, as Jackie the woman trying to find her individual place in the turbulent America of the early-mid '60s, and separately as a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, charismatic yet enigmatic first lady at the dawn of a new era in American politics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401324254
Author:
Kennedy, Caroline
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Author:
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Author:
Abramson, Jill
Author:
New York Times
Author:
Beschloss, Michael
Author:
Reeves, Richard
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-First Ladies
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color and black-and-white photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10.88 x 8.5 x 1.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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and#160;
The year 2013 is the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who still ranks as one of the top five presidents in every major annual survey. To commemorate the man and his time in office, the New York Times has authorized a book, edited by Richard Reeves, based on its unsurpassed coverage of the tumultuous Kennedy era. The Civil Rights Movement, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the space program, the Berlin Walland#151;all are covered in articles by the eraand#8217;s top reporters, among them David Halberstam, Russell Baker, and James Reston. Also included are new essays by leading historians such as Robert Dallek and Terry Golway, and by Times journalists, including Sam Tanenhaus, Scott Shane, Alessandra Stanley, and Roger Cohen. With more than 125 color and black-and-white photos, this is the ultimate volume on one of historyand#8217;s most fascinating figures.

and#147;This book is both fascinating and poignant. It brings us back into the Kennedy years while also allowing us to reflect on what made them so emotional. I found myself totally immersed."

and#151;Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

and#160;

and#160;and#147;A deeply illuminating, journalistic romp through Camelot from the eyes and minds of the great New York Times reporters of that era and beyond. Itand#8217;s an important contribution to our nationand#8217;s ever growing U.S. presidential history library. Richard Reeves has corralled the best and the brightest Kennedy scholars to offer fact-checked wisdom. Highly recommended.and#8221; and#160;

and#151;Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

and#160;

and#160;and#147;The New York Timesand#8217; rendering of the Kennedy years provides much more than a riveting first draft of history. Here we also witness the birth of modern America. The daily presence of thepresident and his family through modern media all started with Kennedy. As we follow his presidency in real time, aided by context from Richard Reeves and others, we come to understand better much of whatand#160; is happening in the country today.and#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

and#151;Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC and NPR and author of Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation

and#160;

and#160;

and#147;A terrific introduction to the Kennedy presidency for those who did not live through it, and a startling reminder for those who did of how much happened in those 1,000 days, this compilation from The New York Times reveals the essential truth of the old adage that journalism is the rough draft of history. Commentaries by historians and current Times reporters fill in the gaps between what the journalists reported then and what we know now.and#8221;

and#151;David Nasaw, author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

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