It’s a side of Jacqueline (correctly pronounced Jack-uh-lean) Kennedy only family and friends knew. A voice so seldom heard, funny and inquisitive, clever and cutting.
For the first time Americans are afforded the opportunity to hear the shy, quiet former first lady—in her own words—talk about her experiences campaigning with JFK, her frank feelings about the newsmakers of the day (including Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles de Gaulle), intimate thoughts on her marriage to Jack, and a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Kennedy White House in the recently released book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.
The book includes 8 1/2 hours of original audio. It’s a primary source oral history recorded only four months after her husband’s assassination in a series of interviews with friend and longtime Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. The tapes were kept under seal by the Kennedy Library for the past 47 years and reflects an era when the fascination with “Kennedy” was at its height.