Happy-Go-Lucky Book Review. “Historic conversations on life with John Kennedy” by Jacqueline Kennedy and Arthur M. Schlessinger Jr.

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For many women Jacqueline Kennedy remains a modern icon, especially in America where the Kennedy presidency is remember as one for the most significant. The “Camelot years” made the president family seem the American royalty with sophisticated Jacqueline as the leading character. Women wanted to look, talk and be as refined as she was. The First Lady was highly popular and influential, especially within the cultural domain that was her main interest and lifelong passion.

In contrast with the extent of her public exposure, official meetings, First Lady duties as well as publication of numerous pictures presenting the presidential family in their most intimate moments, very little is known about Jacqueline’s private reflections. Jackie tried to be very private and separate public sphere from private family life, wanting to protect her children and build a safe home for them. After John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963 Jacqueline Kennedy rarely talked to the press, trying to live a life of a private person, avoiding journalists and turning down interview invitations. This however didn’t stop general interest in her life, especially after her marriage with Onassis.

The recently published transcript of seven conversations that Arthur M. Schlessinger Jr. conducted with Jacqueline Kennedy only four months after the tragic death of president Kennedy is an unique book. Content of these conversations was classified as confidential and excluded from public domain for almost fifty years. The reader has a chance to learn Mrs. Kennedy opinions on her husband presidency, the White House circle, some of the international public figures as well as her personal memories and thoughts on marriage and family life. True that for a reader not familiar with the American history this lecture may be a little challenging, due to mentioning of various historical events and political figures related to the Kennedy presidency, but with some help from footnotes it makes an interesting reading.

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