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.… More »
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 its completion, in accordance with Mrs. Kennedy's wishes.« Less
Historic conversations on life with John F. Kennedy : interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964
The first conversation : John F. Kennedy's presidential aspirations ; 1956 vice-presidential nomination ; Fight for control of Massachusetts delegation ; 1953-54 Boston politics ; Early married life ; 1954 surgery ; JFK's temperament ; Georgetown social life ; White House parties ; JFK's impact on others ; Adlai Stevenson ; 1958 Massachusetts Senate campaign -- The second conversation : JFK's reading habits ; JFK's childhood interests and heroes ; JFK's opinions of Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt ; Joseph P. Kennedy ; JFK's temperament ; Charles de Gaulle ; 1960 rivals ; 1960 campaign ; Profiles in Courage authorship ; JFK-Robert F. Kennedy relationship ; JFK's political courage ; 1960 campaign ; Wisconsin and West Virginia primaries -- The third conversation : JFK and Joseph McCarthy ; 1960 primary election nights ; Summer 1960, Hyannis Port ; Democratic National Convention ; Lyndon Johnson as running mate ; Political adversaries ; JFK's health ; Presidential debates ; Election Day 1960 ; JFK's religious beliefs ; Relations with Catholic clergy -- The fourth conversation : Transition to the presidency ; Birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. ; Choosing the cabinet ; Life in the White House ; JFK's plans for life after the presidency ; JFK-RFK-Edward M. Kennedy relationship ; Early days in the White House ; White House restoration and guidebook ; JFK-Jacqueline Kennedy relationship ; Inaugural address ; Inauguration day and inaugural balls ; Social life in the White House ; JFK's daily routine ; JFK's back problems ; JBK's staff and friends -- The fifth conversation : The Cuban Revolution ; The Bay of Pigs ; Latin America ; Heads of state and state visits ; Harold Macmillan ; Visit to Canada ; Visit to France ; Charles de Gaulle ; André Malraux and the Mona Lisa -- The sixth conversation : U.S.-German relations ; Berlin crisis ; JFK's temperament ; Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi ; Nuclear disarmament ; Harold Macmillan ; Hickory Hill seminars-JFK on Lincoln ; Steel crisis ; J. Edgar Hoover ; Civil rights ; 1963 March on Washington ; Martin Luther King, Jr. ; The Cuban Missile Crisis ; Lyndon Johnson ; Mike Mansfield ; Other staff and friends -- The seventh conversation : Harold Macmillan and Skybolt ; Charles de Gaulle and the Common Market ; JBK's trip to India ; JFK and State Department ; Vietnam ; Henry and Clare Boothe Luce ; Latin America ; JFK and Dean Rusk, Chester Bowles, Averell Harriman, Douglas Dillon ; Supreme Court appointments ; New York Times v. Sullivan ; JBK on her "image" ; JFK's relationships with staff ; JFK and children ; JFK's plans for second term ; 1964 campaign
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