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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User Review  - Lyn - Goodreads

A Different View of The Kennedy Family A well written, easy to read book. This book is a collection of conversations that Benjamin Bradlee had with President and Mrs. Kennedy. These conversations and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I read a lot of books about JFK and this one had a different slant. Ben Bradlee became close to JFK when he was a neighbor of the Senator. As a result he had access to a friend who just happened to ... Read full review

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Benjamin C. Bradlee was born on August 26, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1942. Before becoming a reporter and editor at Newsweek and the Washington Post, he worked for the State Department in Paris. As a reporter in the 1950s, he became close friends with then-Senator John F. Kennedy. In 1960, he toured with both Kennedy and Richard Nixon in their presidential campaigns. He later wrote a book, Conversations with Kennedy, recounting their relationship during those years. He was the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1971, The New York Times and the Post successfully challenged the government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers. One year later, he oversaw the Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate affair. The Post received 18 Pulitzers during his tenure. His other books include A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures and A Life's Work: Fathers and Sons written with his son Quinn Bradlee. In 2013, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died of natural causes on October 21, 2014 at the age of 93.

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