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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, intimate portrait of a First Lady through her own words: a treasure!, September 14, 2011
This review is from: Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (Hardcover)
A preliminary review: this book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of one of the greatest First Ladies in our nation's history (in my opinion, only Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford are her rivals). Jacqueline Kennedy comes to life in these pages, brilliantly edited and commented by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss. After reading so many "tell all" Jackie books that claim to have the "inside word", it is refreshing to have Jackie herself provide the first person account, not some journalist with 'sources'. There are many treasures and insights to be found in these pages, told in an intimate, straightforward fashion. As someone who has read countless books pertaining to President and Mrs. Kennedy, I thought nothing could surprise me at this late juncture. I was wrong. Caroline Kennedy has done us all a great service in providing the actual audio recordings from her mother's conversations with JFK aide Arthur Schlesinger, nobly transcribed and commentated by Beschloss.

"Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy" is required reading for all Kennedy fanatics and students of the First Lady. Again, this is merely a humble preliminary review, but, from what I have read and seen so far, I am greatly impressed. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2011 8:35:02 AM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Sep 17, 2011 8:08:41 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 1:30:03 PM PDT
Brian Cooke says:
On the Kindle edition, do you also get the audio tapes?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 2:26:24 AM PDT
The Kindle edition does have the complete audio recordings embedded with each chapter and also includes introductory videos to every chapter. I happened to pre-order this a few days back and got it delivered to my iPad yesterday. However it seems like Amazon has now pushed the release of the Kindle version to Jan 2012. The only reason I can think of is that the Kindle version is suited for the iPad only as the video and audio wouldn't play on current gen Kindles. This would make more sense for Kindle when Amazon launches their tablet for holiday. Guess I was lucky to have pre-ordered it when I did.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 10:52:04 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 15, 2011 2:48:36 PM PDT
A. Barnes says:
Not a comment on the book (which I am buying the second I get my next paycheck) but on the "greatest First Ladies" rivals. You should take a look at Abigail Adams too. She practically invented the role of First Lady.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 8:52:42 PM PDT
Kokopelli says:
I second the Abigal Adams addition and would add another: Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 2:54:31 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011 6:48:53 AM PDT
pm444 says:
@Dee: Just because you "cannot really think of anything else she did to become memorable" doesn't mean she never did anything of importance. She oversaw the historical restoration of the White House's interior and played a key role in promoting American culture, to name just two examples. You might want to do some research before making negative, and inaccurate, generalizations.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011 5:47:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2011 5:50:07 PM PDT
She raised two beautiful children. Isn't that enough? Also, she spoke fluent French and won a trip to France because she wrote a
knock out essay on a french artist. Can you speak fluent French or even passable English?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2011 5:51:55 PM PDT
How about Woodrow Wilson's second wife who took over the office of the President after he had a stroke?
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