Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
On Sale: September 14, 2011
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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.
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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