Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

by Sally Bedell Smith
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Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House by Sally Bedell Smith

In GRACE & POWER: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the twentieth century's most storied presidency.
At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady – the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House – captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible. Jack and Jackie Kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brillant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Perhaps as never before, Washington was sharply divided between the “ins” and the “outs.”
In his public life, JFK created a New Frontier, stared down the Soviets, and devoted himself to his wife and children. As first lady, Jackie mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys’ marriage, friendships, political associations, and, in Jack’s case, multiple love affairs.
Smith’s striking revelations include new information about what drew Jack to his numerous mistresses – and what effects the relationships ultimately had on the women; about the rivalries and resentments among Kennedy’s advisers; and about the poignant days before and after Kennedy’s assassination.
Smith has fashioned a vivid and nuanced portrait not only of two extraordinary individuals but of a new age that sprang to life around them. Shimmering with intelligence and detail, GRACE AND POWER is history at its finest.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588364098
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 104,860
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

SALLY BEDELL SMITH is the author of bestselling biographies of William S. Paley, Pamela Churchill Harriman, and Princess Diana. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Stephen. They have three grown children.


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Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're curious about the Kennedys, or if you want to relive a singular moment in American politics, this is the book for you. It's hard to believe, but a senior in college in 1963, when JFK was assassinated, would be over 60 years old today, leaving most Americans familiar with the mythology of the Kennedys but not with the facts and texture of their lives. I've read widely about the Kennedys and thought I knew almost everything there was to know about them, at least until I read this book. My hunch is that it will stand as the definitive account for years to come. Ms. Smith makes you feel as if you're inside the Kennedy White House, alongside their dazzling circle of friends and advisers, dealing with great events while partying deep into the night and shuttling between Washington, Hyannis Port, and Newport. Unlike most Kennedy books, this is not a cut-and-paste job. Ms. Smith convinces many Kennedy intimates to speak for the first time, and persuades others to disclose material that they had never discussed before. JFK's philandering is compulsive, and hearing his lovers talk about him reveals the core of the man. If you're interested in journalism, the footnotes show a masterful reporter at work. Only one question lingers: How does she get all these people to talk? Wait until you read the comments from a physician who speaks for the first time about his phone calls with Jackie, an emotionally fragile woman seeking advice about the most intimate aspects of her marriage. In today's poisonous political climate, 'Grace and Power' comes as a welcome tonic. It reminds us that politics and journalism in America were once civil, glamorous, and hopeful. We may have been overly innocent in the early 1960s, but, as Ms. Smith shows, the times were also sweeter then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The nuances of this book are so finely tuned that the Kennedys step out of the history books and somewhat convey their private personalities to the reader. It is a fresh read about the Kennedy lifestyle.
brathjens More than 1 year ago
I wish I would have purchased this sooner... One of the most well written books about the Kennedy white house years I have ever read and I've read just about everything. A MUST READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recently finished reading this book and I have to say it has become my all-time favorite. I couldn't imagine it being more researched. Every page is filled with quotes from the President, his family and friends, or politcal advisers. The book places a greater emphasis on his personal life, which makes it a very interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and well written. Hard to put down.
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