- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031238615X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312386153
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963 1st Edition
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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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“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
Top customer reviews
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.
C. A. H. Goodfriend