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Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy Hardcover – Box set, September 14, 2011
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At this moment less than 4 months into the grieving process, she agrees with Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger to go through a series of interviews to be recorded for history. The historian had taken a leave from Harvard to become an assistant to JFK in the White House. He was considered the egghead of the entourage that had followed the President. There was one caveat to the agreement with Schlesinger and the President's widow. These recordings would not be released until 50 years after the audio sessions were held, and Jackie would have editorial control over any revisions she wanted to make.
Thus in January 2004, the widow and the historian began what became 7 ½ hours of recordings. The sessions were held in the Georgetown home that Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. moved into several weeks after the assassination. The tapes are extraordinary. They have been audio enhanced for quality. You can actually hear things in the background like Jackie lighting up a cigarette, or putting ice into a drink. The emotionality is all there.Read more ›
"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.
So, fifty years later I got to hear it. It was delightful to hear her voice and I appreciated her candor. I remember she was always guarded and never at all candid during her public life. But, in these tapes, she gave little bits of gossip like what her husband really thought of this one and that one. How Lady Bird Johnson was like one of Lyndon's trained bird dogs and took out a notebook, wrote down little bits of information that Lyndon could later use.
Nothing said on the tapes needed to be vaulted. It was released at a good time, however. Everyone spoken of is dead so no one would likely to be offended but perhaps a few distant relatives or a son or daughter here and there. But even that's doubtful.
If you're under sixty, you'll very likely have no idea who she's talking about unless you know history. Since I knew the names and lived through the time, I had a special interest. Younger people might not respond to the tapes.
Are the recordings historically relevant? Probably not. They do provide the feelings the president had at certain times that might not otherwise be known.
Jackie said that Jack would send her away when she got weary of the White House. She thought that was because he was caring and thoughtful. Of course, we now know it was because he wanted to have one of his many trysts in the family quarters and needed her out of there. Did she address that on the tapes? No. Did she know it? Who knows.Read more ›
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I been reading First Lady Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy book. Its amazing how strong of a person she was and as well from her children. Read morePublished 5 days ago by E-A.I
Bought this a a gift , came fast . Then I also read it when my mom was done with it . Good readPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Never enjoyed these much. I did enjoy the fact that you can visualize Jackie and pick up on the kind of persons she was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SisterG
Barely interesting. Nothing new. Most distressing thing is her phony whispery voice.Published 3 months ago by Maia
Heartbreaking, as Mrs. Kennedy was a beautiful, elegant, and intelligent First Lady who never deserved to have suffered the catastrophe of President Kennedy's catastrophic murder... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MrJBond
It was very personal in remarks which I wasn't expecting. Not sure how historical but great to listen to her and the kids when they were young. Read morePublished 4 months ago by toto1713