Still Spinning Camelot – A New Book with Jacqueline Kennedy’s Words

Prompted by the 50th anniversary of her father’s Presidency, Carolyn Kennedy has released her mother’s interviews with Arthur Schlesinger, the historian and Kennedy aide.  If the previews and New York Times summary are true to the book, Jacqueline Kennedy’s voice seems to be the complement to Schlesinger’s own adoring personal and historic view in A Thousand Days: Kennedy in the White House, written and published about a year after the assassination.

Will you listen to the eight and a half hours of tape? read the transcript? catch the Diane Sawyer television special? Remember Camelot?

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy  is due to be released tomorrow, but you can read the teaser in the New York Times – In Tapes, Candid Talk by the Kennedy Widow  or preview the pictures – Photos: New book Shows Another Side to Jackie Kennedy.

  • Was Jackie Kennedy really only 34 back then?
  • Do we really need to hear what she thought of Charles De Gaulle (egomaniac) or Indira Gandhi (prune)?

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Of Thee I Sing – A Letter to My Daughters

I was not expecting to like Barack Obama’s children’s book with Loren Long, but I did.

Of Thee I Sing is a clear wish for using information from the past to shape the future – a history lesson that includes women and men from all backgrounds, and contributions that range from science to social work.

When the book is open, the illustrations on the left depict the famous Americans as children, facing the page of the adult in the action of his or her expertise, e.g., Jackie Robinson playing baseball or Georgia O’Keefe painting a flower.  As the book continues, the left page becomes cumulative, until everyone is there –  America “made up of people of every kind.”

Not only a gift to his daughters but also a contribution to all children, Obama’s Of Thee I Sing offers a creative and short lecture on American history.

With Paul Revere’s famous ride making the airwaves lately,  it’s too bad he wasn’t included in the book.  But, Jean Fritz had it covered in her book – And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?