Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy [With 8 CD's] - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Hyperion, $60) is a must-read (and listen-to) for American history and Kennedy buffs who want unfiltered commentary from the former First Lady. In interviews recorded only months after President Kennedy was assassinated, Jackie Kennedy reveals a deep grasp of political issues, offers her own insights into foreign leaders and domestic politicians, and describes some of the everyday experiences of life in the White House. The tapes were meant to be sealed for almost 50 years, but were released a few years early by Caroline Kennedy to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency. Listening to the tapes reminded me of how rarely we heard from Mrs. Kennedy during her husband’s presidency and for the rest of her life, even as she was and remained an iconic figure worldwide. Caroline Kennedy’s foreword and Michael Beschloss’s introduction and annotations of the text are also worth reading.