Yes, it was in Jacqueline's own voice
The preface would have been nice to hear? Why was it not there?
I loved Mrs. Kennedy's honesty. I understand why she did not want these recordings released for 50 years. There were powerful people mentioned in the story in a not very flattering way.
I was disappointed that the death of JFK was not covered in this book. It had apparently been covered recently with another reporter and so that Mrs. Kennedy would not have to relive that horrible event again, it was agreed that it would not be covered in these conversations. I wish I had known that before I purchased the book but I might not have purchased the book knowing that and I am certainly glad that I did.
No I would not. She may have something interesting to say, but this narrative was over protected.
Probably not. I purchased this thinking it would be far more informative than it was.
I got to know Jacqueline better and to see how sexist and gullible she was.
Definately not. I only finished it because it was so expensive. Half way through I realized it would probably not get more interesting but until it was finished I still reserved some hope.
why in the world was this "In a vault" and on hold for 50 years? I knew more than she did 50 years ago.
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.
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
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.
Hearing her actual voice, intonations, inflections, and perspective.
The most interesting to me was when she talked about herself. The least interesting were the dull questions by Schlesinger. They could have been much better. "What did you think of Stevenson? What did you think of Rusk?" Over and over again. Many were people I didn't even know.
Obviously, listening to Mrs. Kennedy's voice brought the entire thing to life. Without it I would have given an entirely different rating to the book.
The times I laughed were the few times the children came in and pirated the microphone.
As brilliant as Mr. Schlesinger is/was at the time, his questions were very uninteresting and rather benign. He could have asked questions that were more specific and of interest to the public. The book is really about Jack Kennedy and when it's told by his newly-widowed spouse, he is described as a god-like figure which we all know, of course, was not the case. But it did give insight into some of his personality and life at the White House that was interesting and informative.
Although I was disappointed in the overall content of the book, I have to say it was a good listen and worth my time.
Mrs. Kennedy spoke with clarity, wit and candor about an era past. I found this inside point of view facinating. It was impossible to hear her without seeing her having the conversations in my mind. Clinking of ice in glasses and lighting of cigaretts were time marks of this period. Utterly charming.
Talking about being called back to the whitehouse during the bay of pigs so the family could be with Jack and if it came to it, die together, as a family.
Mrs. Kennedy's voice adds allure, strength, humor and surprize to the events she relates.
A view of a whitehouse marriage in pivotal times for the United States.
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.