Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

A World Shares Its Grief : Letters November 1963

Book - 2010
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From the bestselling author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy received more than one million letters. The impact of President Kennedy's death was so immense that people from every station in life wrote to her, sharing their feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and hope.

She received letters from political luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., and Charles De Gaulle. Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and Gene Kelly voiced their sympathy, as did foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, the King and Queen of Greece, and the Prince of Monaco. Distinguished members of the arts and society--Ezra Pound, Noel Coward, Babe Paley, Langston Hughes, Oleg Cassini, Josephine Baker--offered their heartfelt condolences. Andchildren, with the most heartbreaking sincerity, reached out to the First Lady to comfort her in her time of grief.

More than just a compendium of letters, Dear Mrs. Kennedy uses these many voices to tell the unforgettable story of those fateful four days in November, when the world was struck with shock and sadness. It vividly captures the months that followed, as a nation---and a family---attempted to rebuild.

Filled with emotion, patriotism, and insight, the letters are a poignant time capsule of one of the seminal events of the twentieth century. Dear Mrs. Kennedy offers 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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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.

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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