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

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Sally Bedell Smith

See more books from this Author
Sally Bedell Smith is the author of bestselling biographies of William S. Paley; Pamela Harriman; Diana, Princess of Wales; John and Jacqueline Kennedy; and Bill and Hillary Clinton. 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 is the mother of three children and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Stephen G. Smith.
 
Published May 4, 2004 by Random House. 720 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Grace and Power

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Smith, a Vanity Fair contributing editor (and biographer of Princess Diana and Pamela Harriman, among others), does a workmanlike job of narrating familiar scen

May 03 2004 | Read Full Review of Grace and Power: The Private ...

Book Reporter

Golly, it was great fun to be the President and First Lady before that pesky press realized it could reveal all your dirty secrets.Vanity Fair editor Sally Bedell Smith dishes the essential dirt in GRACE AND POWER, an explosive biographical examination of John and Jackie Kennedy, the late king an...

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Grace and Power: The Private ...

Bookmarks Magazine

One caveat: this book, notes the Washington Post, "should carry a warning label: ‘Not for those with a low tolerance for treacle.’" Kennedy Biographies President Kennedy Profile of Power |

Oct 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Grace and Power: The Private ...

Reader Rating for Grace and Power
76%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 63 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×