Yes. This was an extraordinary peek into the empire that was the Kennedys, in the eyes of a woman wielding much more power than she let on.
Jackie, of course. Her growth during those years of tragedy was palpable.
Hearing Jackie's voice was without parallel
This audio demonstrates just how much America and its power players have changed in 50 years as well as how much has stayed the same. Jackie gave so much grace to the country just by being herself. This audio is quite an education for me not just simply in politics but journalism as well. It shows a different side of the mysterious Jacqueline and I find this private side much more compelling. I can't help but wonder how different this country would be today if JFK would have been able to serve two terms.
Consideing she is in the grieving process, I don't know how she composed herself in so little time. Is JFK really all that she claims or is she romanticizing his legacy for posterity like a good 1960s wife? Even with all of this new info, there is still so much mystery to this woman who changed the White House forever. It is interesting how she voices her role as a woman and a wife and how her life and career actuallly turned out. It is a shame she did not make more of these tapes throughout her lifetime. Maybe she did. Wouldn't that be a nice surprise!
I couldn't help myself.
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Like most people who were alive on that terrible day I remember it well. I was in Austin, Texas on the day JFK was murdered. I worked for the University of Texas and he was coming to the campus that night. They had been preparing for days. My husband and I were so excited as we were to see him that night. When we heard he had been shot, I pictured him showing up with his arm in a sling or something like that. Never for one moment could I begin to imagine him dead!
This book brought back that time and place for me. What I felt hearing Jackie's voice again is hard to describe. This was a fascinating read for me and I am so glad that it was published. She comes across as so loyal and devoted to JFK, one wonders if she knew what an active sex life he was carrying on during their marriage. We knew nothing about it at the time, of course. Different time, different rules.
Sharply Opinionated Know-it-all. Gallows Humor. Hollywood Insider.
Sensational. Jacqueline Kennedy in her own words - terrific. Fascinating and truly compelling to hear her perspective. I admire her tremendously.
The Rest of the Cast:
If you can get past Caroline Kennedy's delivery - her typical snooze-fest monotone - her introduction is interesting. Why on earth no one ever bothered to give her a speech lesson when her father was one of the greatest orators in modern history is beyond me. She's simply awful every time she opens her mouth.
Michael Beschloss is far more interesting to listen to. Quite nice.
Schlesinger reveals himself to be a pompous bore - pretentious and overbearing.
But Jackie . . . Oh, Jackie! Classy, funny, intelligent, candid, lovely.
So interesting reading what Jack Kennedy really thought about the people surrounding him. It clarified so much of what actions were taken during the administration and the difficulties of any president. Very rare behind the scenes look at one administration.
Loved it - was wonderful the hear her voice and I wished it would never end. Very enjoyable and learned alot!
I like memoirs. These particular interviews by Schlesinger were very timely, and I was happy to hear Jackie's voice express her understanding of what happened in the White House. Juxtaposed with what we now know about Jack's philandering, it was interesting to hear her criticize other roving fellas.It was a true time-capsule view of our culture and societal norms of the sixties. Obviously a "sharp" woman, Jackie never thought of stepping out of line, it seems. The problem with the book? I wanted her to answer the question of why in the world she married such a (seemingly) sleasy guy like Aristotle Onasis. Just kidding...please don't write to tell me I'm nuts...!
I don't think there is another book to compare. Many people write memoirs long after-the-fact; I don't know of any spoken narrative with such immediacy to such a wrenching crime as the murder of one's spouse.
It is too bad that it was recorded on equipment available, but the sound quality was necessarily below what we are today accustomed to hear.
Yes, during the time that this was happening so much was secret. She kept quiet for good reason but it was hard to understand the emotions or lack thereof. The story showed what women still hadn't attained during the 60"s. Making sure your man was taken care of and not asking any questions was standard then.
The woman herself.
I liked hearing her speak but sometimes it was hard to hear her. The kids in the background playing was such a natural event.
The Kennedy's have always interested me so I was. naturally, very keen to listen to this historic recording. Whilst I found it fascinating to listen to Jacqueline Kennedy's stories of her encounters with world famous figures I became. for some reason. rather irritated with her constant burnishing of her husband's image. This struck me as being a bit too much spin from time to time on the part of a dutiful wife. Of course one recognizes that the role of women in society has changed beyond recognition since the 1960's and her narrative probably reflects the general outlook of her day. However, I agree wholeheartedly with Caroline Kennedy's foreword that it would have been great to know more about her own political opinions as opposed to the opinions of JFK. That said, I found this to be a great audio recording and well worth the listen. On a number of occasions the children's voices are caught on tape and listening to the childish voice of John Jr is very sad and poignant.