Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
Coming inJanuary 2012, Hyperion will launch a one-of-its kind product which will allow readers to experience history in a completely new way.
While reading Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.?s interviews of Jacqueline Kennedy, readers will be able to go back in time fifty years, and feel like they are part of a conversation between two old friends.
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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. was a devoted historian with a specific agenda for these interviews. He was the orchestrator, with a list of questions to which he doggedly adhered. He wanted to know what Jack thought of this or that politician, how Jack felt during certain crises such as Cuba One and Cuba Two, and generally what life was like in the White House for the...more
First, you have got to be an older adult (at least 60 years old) to even know who all of the people are that are discussed. Jackie's answers to questions are choppy and it is very difficult to foll...more
"He (JFK) was looking for something in books."
"He could always go to sleep, too, which I thought was so important. he could just turn it off."
"I think he found his heroes more in the past."
"(Jack believed) you must always leave the way open for conciliation. Everything changes in politics--your friends are your enemies next weed and vice versa."
"Always have impeccable manners and leave the possibility of conciliation open."
"Jack forgave so quickly."
I understand her wish to remember while the memories are fresh, but I wish in her lifetime she had gone back and amended or added to, given the wisdom of time and age.
Her more interesting comments were on the personal quirks of people, and her understanding of her role as "wife." She had little respect for femi...more
Frustrating, though, was how often Schlesinger needed to prompt Jackie's memories, which made me question...more
This is a priceless gift from Caroline Kennedy and her family. I'm sure there were passages her mother would have winced at becoming public (hilarious opinions on some public figures, especially Lyndon Johnson and Charles de Gaulle), but Mrs. Kennedy's insights into the campaigns and actual governing are inv...more
I also developed much more respect for the woman that Jackie Kennedy was. She lived in a time when women were supposed to know their place. But, by carving out a...more
It really is amazing that Mrs. Kennedy was able to sit down and start having these conversations about four months after sitting next to her husband and having him killed...more
It would have been interesting to read what Jacqueline Kennedy said if this were only a book. But to hear it in her own voice, with glasses tinkling, children playing and airplanes flying overhead was fascinating. It added a depth and clarity that I don...more
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These interviews took place only months after the assassination of JFK. But you won't hear about the assassination in these interviews (the interviewer chose to steer away from that since she was also doing the Manchester interviews at the same time which did focus on the assassinations. The interviewer had no urge to make her relive the horrific d...more
Caroline Kennedy has published the recordings and transcripts (Caroline also wrote and read the Preface) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration. Jacqueline stipulated the recordings not be published until after her death. Mrs...more
This is only the 2nd book in my memory (so the last 10 years?) that I have abandoned, so it was definitely not w/o effort on my part to finish it.