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Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963 First Edition Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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"Never have I been so filled with revulsion, anger, and sorrow as when I heard of your husband's death," wrote Winston Churchill to Jackie Kennedy on November 24, 1963. And a fourth-grade Nebraska farm boy wrote to little Caroline Kennedy, "I am sorry to hear about your Daddy. God will take good care of him." Immediately after President Kennedy's assassination, more than 1,250,000 letters arrived at the White House from the famous and ordinary citizens alike, expressing their sorrow and sympathy for the president's young widow, Although she promised that the letters would be displayed at the Kennedy Library, they remained filed in a warehouse for decades until the opening of the library building. A controversial culling reducing the collection to 368,000 letters also delayed cataloguing of the letters until 1988. Mulvaney ((Diana and Jackie) and former publishing executive De Angelis regard the collection as a "poignant time capsule," and they include an informative historical backdrop for their selections, including letters from society queen Babe Paley, Rev. Billy Graham, and publisher Bennett Cerf, among many others. For those who relive the pain of the Kennedy assassination every November 22, this volume will provide company and perhaps some consolation. 20 b&w illus. (Nov.) (c)
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In Praise of Dear Mrs. Kennedy

“I thought I would never read another Kennedy book…. Anyone who cares about American history and the heart of the American people will want to read Dear Mrs. Kennedy.”---Laurence Leamer, bestselling author of The Kennedy Women and Sons of Camelot

“You will not be able to put down this deeply moving, inspiring book.”---Donald Spoto, author of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life

“A book for every bedside…These carefully selected letters of condolence take us back to a moment in history we would do well to revisit." ---Frances Kiernan, author of The Last Mrs. Astor

“A profound reflection into the eternal questions about God, the meaning of life, and how we as mere mortals deal with senseless, inexplicable tragedy.”---Thomas Maier, author of The Kennedys: America’s Emeralds Kings

“Often-intense revelations of personal emotion…in reaction to an event that truly shocked the world.”---Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of The Kennedy White House

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031238615X
  • ASIN: B005GNM51I
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,810,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul De Angelis served more than three decades in the book publishing business as Editor, Editorial Director, or Editor-in-Chief of such publishing companies as St. Martin's Press and E.P. Dutton and Kodansha America.

After becoming an independent editor in 1996 he founded Paul De Angelis Book Development, which assists authors, agents, publishers and organizations in turning ideas & manuscripts into books. Since 1997 Paul has edited, contributed to, and co-published the quarterly guide to the Rhinebeck-Red Hook-Hudson area of the mid-Hudson Valley, ABOUTTOWN.

Paul grew up in the suburban Maryland part of the Washington DC metropolitan area during the Eisenhower and Kennedy eras, and now lives in Connecticut's northwest corner. In the past few years his main writing and research interest has been American culture and politics in its intersection with the wider world.

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This is a wonderful & elegant book. The author gives the context of each letter and its writer, describes their relationship to Jacqueline & JFK, and meshes all aspects of the letters and their writers into a multifaceted yet cohesive and moving portrait of that time. We hear from everyone, from the taxi driver to Igor Stravinsky. I couldn't put it down.
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This moving collection, which I couldn't put down, beautifully illuminates a moment that, with its almost overwhelming connectness, fully resonates today. Those who were witnesses to its history will cherish Dear Mrs. Kennedy, of course, but it's also the perfect gift for those who're fascinated by the '60s yet weren't around for the era. There was more happening than the Beatles, after all.
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How could someone NOT be supportive of a book as sympathetic and graceful as this one? The additional commentaries really are "super" ; exactly what I could have wished for in a book of such gripping historical importance. And my additional hope for the book is that it becomes a staple and a way for young people to learn about that era and to get the feel of a country much more gentle and loving than it is now. Mr. De Angelis has accomplished that beautifully in his prose; now to get out the message to the rest of America. This is a perfect Christmas gift for the young and old.
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I didn't expect to be moved again by the events of that day but I was. I also didn't expect to learn anything new but that also occurred. The letters are revealing, moving sometimes funny but what I also didn't expect was the very useful thread the authors created to stitch them together which works as a way to keep pulling the reader along.
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If you remember where you were when President Kennedy was assassinated you are probably 55 or over. But for those under 55 the emotion and unity that gripped our country then should be a good insight into one of those events like 9/11 that brought us together as a nation. Excellent read!
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Beautifully done, tremendously touching. A tribute to the lady; AND to the spirit and compassion of the people who revealed and extended so much of themselves through tragedy. This is not "light reading." It will penetrate your soul... if you let it!
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Americans connected with the Kennedy family in a way that they had never done with previous presidents. Perhaps it's was JFK's youth or his ideals. Perhaps it was his movie-star looks and beautiful, poised young wife. Perhaps it was the fact that technology had made it possible for a real-time look at the president. In November of 1963, while the world watched, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and many Americans were forever changed. Those who remember that day, remember where they were and what they were doing, much as those who experienced 9/11 remember what they were doing when the twin towers fell.

After the assassination millions of people, from around the world, sent letters of sympathy and condolence to Jacqueline Kennedy. Many are from famous people: actors and politicians and foreign dignitaries. Most are from every day Americans; people who had no connection to this man, other than respect for his office and shock and grief at his violent death.

After their initial reading, these letters remained largely untouched in storage and many are now being published and seen by the public for the first time. These letters are interspersed with commentary and explanations about the time and offer a compelling, poignant glimpse into a tragic period of American history.

I noticed some editing issues and towards the end it got a bit repetitive, but I still found it fascinating, although not very uplifting. I think JFK fans will enjoy it.
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