From the bestselling author of Kennedy
Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and
moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline
Kennedy received after the assassination of John F.
In the weeks and months following the
assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
received more than one million letters. The impact of
President Kennedy’s death was so immense that people from
every station in life wrote to her, sharing their
feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and hope.
received letters from political luminaries such as Winston
Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., and Charles De Gaulle.
Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and Gene
Kelly voiced their sympathy, as did foreign dignitaries
including Queen Elizabeth II, the King and Queen of Greece,
and the Prince of Monaco. Distinguished members of the
arts and society—Ezra Pound, Noel Coward, Babe Paley,
Langston Hughes, Oleg Cassini, Josephine Baker—offered their
heartfelt condolences. And children, with the most
heartbreaking sincerity, reached out to the First Lady to
comfort her in her time of grief.
More than just a
compendium of letters, Dear Mrs. Kennedy uses these
many voices to tell the unforgettable story of those fateful
four days in November, when the world was struck with shock
and sadness. It vividly captures the months that
followed, as a nation---and a family---attempted to
Filled with emotion, patriotism, and insight,
the letters are a poignant time capsule of one of the
seminal events of the twentieth century. Dear Mrs.
Kennedy offers a diverse portrait not only of the
aftermath of the assassination, but of the Kennedy mystique
that continues to captivate the world.
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