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Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy Audiobook

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.
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In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, with a nation deep in mourning and the world looking on in stunned disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy found the strength to set aside her own personal grief for the sake of posterity and begin the task of documenting and preserving her husband’s legacy. In January of 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy approved a planned oral-history project that would capture their first-hand accounts of the late president as well as the recollections of those closest to him throughout his extraordinary political career. For the rest of her life, the famously private Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to discuss her memories of those years, but beginning that March, she fulfilled her obligation to future generations of Americans by sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly detailed and unvarnished account of her experiences and impressions as the wife and confidante of John F. Kennedy. The tapes of those sessions were then sealed and later deposited in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy’s wishes.

The resulting eight-and-a-half hours of material comprise a unique and compelling record of a tumultuous era, providing fresh insights on the many significant people and events that shaped JFK’s presidency, but also shedding new light on the man behind the momentous decisions.

As told by Mrs. Kennedy, here are JFK’s unscripted opinions on a host of revealing subjects, including his thoughts and feelings about his brothers, Robert and Ted, and his take on world leaders past and present, giving us perhaps the most informed, genuine, and immediate portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy we shall ever have. Mrs. Kennedy’s urbane perspective, her candor, and her flashes of wit also give us our clearest glimpse into the active mind of a remarkable First Lady.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration, Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy family are now releasing these beautifully restored recordings with accompanying annotations and photos from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library as well as other sources. Introduced and annotated by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss, these interviews will add an exciting new dimension to our understanding and appreciation of President Kennedy and his time and make the past come alive through the words and voice of an eloquent eyewitness to history.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Caroline Kennedy, John Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg, and Tatiana Schlossberg (P)2011 Hyperion (packaging elements only)

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    Jacob United States 05-13-12
    Jacob United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Is an excellent work. The clarity and fidelity are not the best, but we have to considered the time and technology of the day. It is fascinating to hear how they thought, how they feel and their first hand experience with the relevant people that shaped our world.

    This is a must for people of all ages interested in politics, physiology, sociology, filosophy, and all other human arts. Thanks to Caroline Kennedy for sharing this with us


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    Mary INGLESIDE, ILLINOIS, United States 02-11-12
    Mary INGLESIDE, ILLINOIS, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost like being in the room with Mrs. Kennedy"
    What made the experience of listening to Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    Provides an almost real feel including background noises that makes it seem like you are in the room


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackie


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the sense of being there particularly with the pauses, ice tinkling in glasses, matches striking


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come listen to history


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-09-12
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    wonderful you do not need to know the players in order to enjoy Jackie Kennedy's version of events and people and most of all her Jack. She is not sentimental or maudlin or anything you would expect of a young widow, You will find yourself waiting for that little nugget of information or comment that lets you into their world. She says Jack was magic. She was magic too.






















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    Kindle Customer Great Falls, MT USA 08-30-15
    Kindle Customer Great Falls, MT USA 08-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "love to hear her story in her words"

    beautiful memories, I'm happy she shared them with the world. I appreciate that she took the time to do this at such a painfull time.

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    KATHY 07-15-15
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    "A wonderful history"

    This was so great to hear these tapes in Jackie's voice. I am so great full to Caroline for releasing the tapes in my life time. If there are more I wish she would release them as well. I have always thought Jack, Jackie And Bobby were good people despite their enormous wealth and these tapes brought to light even more reasons to support my feelings. A must listen for people who were alive during this time.

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    Paulette Stoltz 06-04-15
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    "Amazing insight to a woman in love!"


    Thank you, Caroline, for sharing this intimate and loving look into the heart of your incredibly amazing and courageous mom. In all the years I admired her, I never thought I would get to feel I was just sitting and listening to her just talk.. Thank you to you for sharing her with us...she, and you, amaze me still, as did Senator Ted Kennedy when I met him in 1977. Your family inspires and you have continued that legacy. Thank you Caroline.



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    Jennifer Smith 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a history buff, but I couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy again? Why?

    I do plan to listen to this again. There were so many interesting topics that I would like to refresh on!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    I loved listening to her opinions of the other "First Ladies", politicians, and events of her time! I am sure she wanted to wait 50 years for this to be released for good reason!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a little hard to hear because it was recorded long ago, however once I grabbed my good set of ear buds it was so interesting to hear the clanking of the ice cubes in her glass and her inhaling as she smoked.It was such a different world 50 years ago, she speaks on what was expected of "The First Lady" and of wives and mothers.I will be recommending this and listening again!

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    Sandra 12-01-13
    Sandra 12-01-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended it to friends. Being so close to the time of the assassination I was surprised she did it, and she doesn't talk about the assassination. She talks about the 10 years she was with Jack, and it's quite interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This really isn't a story per se. Jackie seemed relaxed in the interviews, and I was surpirsed at her comments about the French and Charles DeGaulle. She couldn't stand either one.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The interviewer knew Jack and Jackie personally, and so he knew what to ask her. Hearing Jackie's voice is something that would be very lacking in a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I almost did too.


    Any additional comments?

    Jackie shines a whole different light on the happenings in the White House, and it's well worth a listen.

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    brian 11-24-13
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    "Hearing from the woman herself."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    Her conversation on what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for any Kennedy fan or history buff in general.

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    Owlgirl Nevada City, California, United States 06-22-13
    Owlgirl Nevada City, California, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Was nice to here her voice,in her own words!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was in Jacqueline's own voice


    What other book might you compare Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy to and why?

    ?


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The preface would have been nice to hear? Why was it not there?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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