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.
©2011 Caroline Kennedy, John Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg, and Tatiana Schlossberg (P)2011 Hyperion (packaging elements only)
I think Barbara Leaming has a way of writing that is quite relaxed in the sense that she doesn't get into too much detail on everything. Some biographers tend to get stuck on specifics, which I don't like. The book is on a literally level high above that of gossip, when it could have easily consisted of just that.
I think Leeming could have explored the relationship between Jackie and her children more. She writes a lot about her relationship to other people for example Arthur Schleslinger, Robert McNamara, Harold Mac Millan etc.
Those were all people she met on a official level and then befriended, but what about those she met socially or within the family? What about Ethel, the Kennedy sisters, Peter Beard etc. ?
Very personal insight from a very private person. You can read many books on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but to hear her views, opinions, and total devotion to her husband in her own words is mesmerizing. You hear and feel who I she truly was as a person. Shortly after her husband's assassination, it is clear that she can pull herself together with such class and dignity to talk about the early years of her and JFK 's experiences of campaigning for the Senate of Massachusetts and then the presidency. Not many people in her situation would be capable privately let alone in the public eye. A surreal look back in time for those born after JFK and the 1960's regarding conversations about her brother in law, RFK, and Martin Luther King, Jr., who were still alive at that time. What it was like to be a woman in the early 1960's and how close it came to nuclear war with the Cuban missle crisis. It was a snippet of going back in time.
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I would recommend this to anyone familiar with the Kennedys who was as caught up in all the glamour of the Kennedy White House years as I was.( a young, impressionable girl).
I was simply obsessed with Jackie,( along with a lot of the others in that family) until she died.There was something very special about this woman. I've done lots of reading about her but this collection of tapes was very different and something I didn't think existed, given how little she ever interviewed.
I'm also very tired of all the trash that's been written about the Kennedys. This was so different and very refreshing.While the quality of the tapes is primitive compared to the technology of today I don't feel it detracted from 9 solid hours of the lovely Jackie and Arthur Schlesinger.I was very interested in her perspective of her place in the Kennedy administration and in JFK's life.
Some of her feelings, especially on women's roles are outdated, but very quaint and adorable.Those were very different times. I do wonder though, if she ever changed a diaper, as most mothers back then did!!!
She was very protective of her husband, and while he may not have been as we all thought back then, she shows a warm and sweet side to him I was unaware of.I was quite young during the Kennedy years so I learned some things I didn't know about JFK's presidency and the climate of our country and around the world.
I am so grateful to Caroline for releasing these tapes to the public for the historical significance and the joy of hearing Jackie.
Wonderful experience that I will revisit again and again!
No. Also, parts were very hard to hear.
I loved hearing Jackie's voice for a while.
I loved her telling the story of some of her beloveds most incredible stories that matter so much to our nation today. My only objection was that Caroline said of her amazing mother, that perhaps women weren't as interesting or there weren't as many autobiographies of women.. Perhaps because of her living in a whole different world growing up... Because there were some extraordinary women as well as men... But I'm touched and glad I have them for such a historical time!
One of the best.
When JFK Jr talks in the background...very touching.
This was like eavesdropping on history...amazing.
Since it was actual tape from the interviews, it was quite hard to hear what was being said. I felt like I had the radio turned up as loud as it could go to hear.
somewhat, more due to the audio quality.
Absolutely delightful. I highly recommend the audiobook version as you get to listen to the real original tapes. It's interesting to see how she saw her husband, politics, and the events of the time. It's not the greatest historical material as the interviewer is a friend, and had worked for Kennedy and been his friend. Still lovely.
I admit I could not finish this listen. The most interesting part was Caroline Kennedy's introduction. The remainder did not hold my interest. One fascinating aspect was how much society has really changed since the tapes were made. The wife of that era has long gone. Secondly, Jacqueline's perspective is so tilted to protecting the legacy of her husband that I found her musings unrealistic. Thirdly, I still cannot place myself in her life. What she is talking about differs so from my world, with all the money and connections that was second nature for her. I just had to stop. I'm sad I bothered buying it.
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