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In GRACE & POWER: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE
, New York Times
bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the twentieth century's most storied presidency.
At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady - the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House - captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible. Jack and Jackie Kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brillant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Perhaps as never before, Washington was sharply divided between the “ins” and the “outs.”
In his public life, JFK created a New Frontier, stared down the Soviets, and devoted himself to his wife and children. As first lady, Jackie mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys marriage, friendships, political associations, and, in Jacks case, multiple love affairs.
Smiths striking revelations include new information about what drew Jack to his numerous mistresses - and what effects the relationships ultimately had on the women; about the rivalries and resentments among Kennedys advisers; and about the poignant days before and after Kennedys assassination.
Smith has fashioned a vivid and nuanced portrait not only of two extraordinary individuals but of a new age that sprang to life around them. Shimmering with intelligence and detail, GRACE AND POWER is history at its finest.
From the Hardcover edition.
Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, the author paints a detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and political drama of the 20th century's most storied presidency.
About the Author
SALLY BEDELL SMITH
is the author of bestselling biographies of William S. Paley, Pamela Churchill Harriman, and Princess Diana. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair
since 1996, she previously worked at Time
and The New York Times
, where she was a cultural news reporter. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Stephen. They have three grown children.
From the Hardcover edition.