Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

A World Shares Its Grief : Letters November 1963

Book - 2010
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"My dearest Jackie, you crystallize like a diamond all that he stood for. The two of you showed us what heights could be reached - and you, Jackie, are showing us how those heights can be maintained. Could you possibly give him a more fitting tribute?" - Phil Geyelin (Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor) and wife Sherry Geyelin. In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, Jacqueline Kennedy received over 800,000 letters. The impact of President Kennedy's death was so immense that people from all walks of life wrote to Jacqueline Kennedy, sharing with her their feelings of sympathy, sorrow, grief and hope. These letters have been tucked away in the Kennedy Library's archives for almost fifty years. Filled with emotion, patriotic sentiment, and insight, they are a poignant time capsule of one of the seminal events of the twentieth century. Dear Mrs Kennedy is a diverse portrait, not only of the aftermath of the assassination, but of the Kennedy mystique that continues to captivate the world.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312386153
Branch Call Number: 973.922 K383 2010a
Characteristics: 234 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: De Angelis, Paul
Mulvaney, Jay

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modestgoddess
Sep 04, 2012

I tried to read this all the way through, but wound up skimming much of the linking text just to read the letters. Some of the context was interesting, some just very politically convoluted and hard to care about from so many decades later. Nice to read about a time when the hand-written missive was still important and something of an art form. Very interesting to read about the effect JFK's assassination had around the world, as well as within the US. I wasn't even born when he was shot, so this filled in some gaps in my knowledge (eg, had not realized he had only just begun serving as President, really - a relative had thought he was in his second term, so probably many people could do with the entirely palatable history lesson this book provides!). It was also fun to see a photograph of 16-year-old Bill Clinton shaking hands with JFK. He looks much the same today as he did back then.

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howiecat
Nov 30, 2010

Excellent summation of the Kennedy assassination. made personal by letters of state and from just ordinary people. Made it real for me, after experiencing it when it happened.

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