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Jacqueline Kennedy by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Sep 22, 2011

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The great thing about this book is the story of a young idealistic couple who made it to the white house did politics in a world dominated by the old war-burned men. The interesting thing about this book is the recount that Jacqueline (Kennedy at that time) about her life just a few months after her husband's dead. Now, the e-book edition includes the original sound recordings and some introductory videos which are really very helpful when trying to understanding the politic atmosphere back then in the late 50's and early 60's. Undoubtedly, JFK knew how to do politics and he did not keep Jackie aside but he even used her as a powerful resource when dealing with some important things during his campaigning during the senator race and as president. It is delightful how sometimes Jacqueline forgets that she is being recorded and starts talking about JFK feelings about some issue or character or how would he show concern, or even cry, during the harsh moments of his presidency; even some inner private details that you won't will get to read in other books but as they are not the primarily source you will not for sure. Now, I do not think Schlesinger was exactly the best person to do the interviews since being him involved in so many issues in the White House you can read how sometimes he becomes apologetic and tries to intervene on Jacqueline's opinion and even at times trying to co-star Jacquie. Also, at some moments the book turns very much into a politic-commenting agenda which results boring at some moments. Still, a great book to read if you want to understand the post-war world's politics.
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