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Sep152011

Jacqueline Kennedy's Oral History- Just Released! 

The Kennedy family has been in the media spotlight for decades, but it's the voice of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy that had me fascinated this week.

The newly released book,  "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy", has everybody talking. Jackie Kennedy lends her voice to ensure her husbands memorial. A taped interview has been kept locked away until now!

 

This family often keeps a tight seal on personal information, but her daughter Caroline Kennedy thought the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's presidency was the right time. The world should be able to hear this historic conversation.

The interview was conducted by Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a special assistant to JFK during this presidency and an admired historian. She shared uncensored memories of her former life as first lady and the wife of the notorious JFK.

During the ABC special hosted by Diane Sawyer, Caroline Kennedy was asked if any edits were made to the tapes. Caroline's response really stuck with me. She declined any edits and believed that once you start editing a piece of oral history, it's hard to know when to stop. She wanted to share her mother's uncensored voice with the public to serve as a true memorial to their experience.

I'm a huge fan of Jackie. She kept it real and exposed herself to a world that wasn't yet ready for what she had to say. But nevertheless she won everyone over and continues to be an icon for women everywhere. And now with her voice, she shares their story with the world.

A few months ago I read "Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage" and loved it! On my book shelf to be read: "American Legacy: The Story of John & Caroline Kennedy".

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Reader Comments (1)

Much has been said about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy, but never has the words been this revealing and this intimate. For the last couple of days, I have found myself totally absorbed into this book fascinated by Mrs. Kennedy and in turn, I feel like I have learned so much more about her, husband President John F. Kennedy and the world, including the people around them.

Feb 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterDanmark

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