Sunday 18 February 2018

Side Line: Jackie Kennedy sheds new light John's tragedy

Rupert Cornwell in Washington

JOHN F KENNEDY'S tragically curtailed presidency is already one of the most pored over in US history. But half a century on, new light will be shed on it by his widow Jackie Kennedy, who during her later life virtually never spoke publicly on that subject or any other.

In September 2011, US publisher Hyperion plans to issue a book based on seven interviews with the former First Lady in the early months of 1964 by the historian, former presidential aide and family friend Arthur Schlesinger. The conversations were part of an intended oral history project of the JFK era.

At Ms Kennedy's request, the interviews were kept sealed indefinitely. The decision to release them now was taken by her daughter Caroline, to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the start of the Kennedy presidency in 1961.

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