“Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy” by Caroline Kennedy

12 Apr

Written by Caroline Kennedy, the novel “Jacqueline Kennedy:Historic Conversations on Life with John. F. Kennedy” reveals a sife of Jacqueline Kennedy’s life only friends and family knew. The book is a part of an ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of President’s Kennedy first year in office.  In her mid-30s, recently widowed, Jaqueline was determined to set down her thoughts for history.


And so this is how it began..Kennedy met with the former White House aide M. Schelsinger Jr. in her house in the spring and early summer of 1964. At home and at ease, as if welcoming a quest for afternoon  tea, she chatted about her husband and their life at the White House. “Jack so obviously demanded from a woman — a relationship between a man and a woman where a man would be the leader and a woman be his wife and look up to him as a man.With Adlai you could have another relationship where — you know, he’d sort of be sweet and you could talk. … I always thought women who were scared of sex loved Adlai”, Jaqueline says while speaking with the historian.
The conversations were recorded 4 months after the outrage in Dallas. On the accompanying audio disks, you can  hear Jaqueline Kennedy talking not only about politics,  but about her private life. She never wrote a memoire, and this is why the book became so famous;  in part because of telling us what we did not know about her.
“Jaqueline Kennedy accepted that wives were defined by their husbands’ careers and worried about emotional women entering politics. She enjoyed having her husband “proud of her”, and saw no reason to have a policy opinion that was not the same as his, and laughed at the thought of violently liberal women who disliked John Kennedy”, notes the historian Michael Beschloss.
Like any powerful family, the Kennedys had complicated relationships with those who shared their lives at the top. They valued history  describing it as not just a bunch of stories abou t the past, but stories about ones of the most interesting and charming people in the world .Charl de Gol,Nikita Khrushchev, Djavaharlal Neru, are only part of the people mentioned  in Jaqueline Kennedy’s interviews. In addition,  we learn a lot of about the family, the friends, and the people Kennedy’s family worked with. “Jaqueline Kennedy:Historic Conversations on Life with John. F. Kennedy” is not just  a book about the visible to the eye things, but about the “life’s kitchen, itself”


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