Conversations with Kennedy

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 251 pages
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Ben Bradlee first came to know John Kennedy well when they were Washington neighbors in 1958. They remained good friends and off-the-record confidants until President Kennedy's death. They also had a more professional relationship governed by Bradlee's job covering the capital for Newsweek.

Bradlee and his wife Tony participated in the parties at the White House and in more private moments when the president and Jacqueline were relaxing with friends. With Kennedy's knowledge, Bradlee kept notes of their intimate conversations. These records are the basis for this behind-the-scenes record of the human side of the JFK presidency.

For the first time, all the conflicting elements of Kennedy's personality are seen at the closest possible range. Here was a politician of the South Boston stripe who also was at home among the WASP intellectuals he brought into government, who loved the sick old tiger who was his father and yet would not be dominated by him, who understood his brothers' every quirk and strength, admired women, and had few illusions about human nature but nursed dreams all the same.
 

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A real must read. I have read everything on President Kennedy and this book stands out. It is personal, detailed and entertaining. If you want official read A Thousand Days, if you want expose read President Kennedy by Richard Reeves but if you want the President off duty, relaxed and off guard this is the book.  

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Section 1
85
Section 2
87
Section 3
88
Section 4
89
Section 5
90
Section 6
93
Section 7
94
Section 8
171
Section 9
174
Section 10
175
Section 11
178
Section 12
180
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At the time his conversations with Kennedy took place, Benjamin C. Bradlee was the Washington bureau chief for Newsweek magazine. He has been with the Washington Post since 1965 and has been executive editor since 1968.

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