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Conversations with Kennedy

Conversations with Kennedy Ben Bradlee first came to know John Kennedy well when they were Washington neighbors in They remained good friends and off the record confidants until President Kennedy s death They also had a pr

  • Title: Conversations with Kennedy
  • Author: Benjamin C. Bradlee
  • ISBN: 9780393301892
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 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 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 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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    1. Benjamin C. Bradlee

      Father of Ben Bradlee Jr.Benjamin Crowninshield Ben Bradlee is vice president at large of the Washington Post Born in Boston, Bradlee attended Harvard College In 1942, he became a communications officer for the Office of Naval Intelligence and fought in thirteen battles during World War II Bradlee became executive editor of the Washington Post in 1968, a position he held until 1991 During this time, Bradlee oversaw the Post s award winning coverage of the Watergate affair and the publication of the Pentagon Papers In 2013, Bradlee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Bradlee and his wife, journalist Sally Quinn, live in Washington, DCso publishes under the name Ben Bradlee

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    1. As Time pushes us further and further away from the days of John F. Kennedy's presidency, it is hard for those with a living memory of his Presidency (and harder still for those of us who were not alive when JFK was in the White House) to have a full perspective of what John F. Kennedy was in life. That is why this book, "CONVERSATIONS WITH KENNEDY", by Ben Bradlee, a journalist who knew Kennedy on a personal level between 1958 and 1963, is so important. In the space of 244 pages, the reader is [...]


    2. Bradlee and Kennedy shared a close professional and personal relationship for five years, from 1958 to 1963. The men were both war veterans, idealists and up-and-coming leaders. The men shared a lot of values and interests which would lead a reader to believe this book was going to provide deep insight and perspective into their lives and friendship. The synopsis promises that Bradlee will reveal JFK’s reviews on everything from Communism to conservatism to freedom of the press; from parties a [...]


    3. What a beautiful book! In times like these when we wonder about the president's relationship with the press it is wonderful to know that this concept used to work. Ben Bradlee wrote a beautiful, intimate portrait of Kennedy, retelling his special relationship. If I wanted to quote lines (moments) that moved me I'd have to write a book because there are so many. In a way I am glad that Bradlee did not get to see how our current president insults many respected members of the press, people a presi [...]


    4. Ben and Tony Bradlee met Jack and Jackie Kennedy when they were Georgetown neighbors, back in 1958. They became fast friends, and the relationship deepened when the Kennedys entered the White House. It's a touching, affectionate memoir of a historic figure as few saw him. He's charming and funny. Vain and defensive. At times vulgar but never cruel. Smart and curious. Always fascinating.This book really made me think and in ways probably not intended by Ben Bradlee as he wrote it. For example:Hi [...]



    5. Conversations with Kennedy begins by describing how Bradlee and Kennedy met, explains some early gaps in their brief friendship, and discusses the relationship that Bradlee was always the first to examine with caution. For a journalist when is the line between professional journalism and friendship crossing and how does that affect the “story” one is writing and presenting to the public? Kennedy, on the other hand, believes that with a biography or autobiography, one truly gets to know “wh [...]


    6. Entertaining Read: Very Few RevelationsUntil I read this book, I had no idea how close John Kennedy & Ben Bradlee were. Their fathers knew each other, both had Boston & Harvard roots, worked in the Navy, were neighbors in Georgetown, had children of same age and socialized with each other to a point of having dinners together, sometime several times a week at short notices and their wives Jackie & Toni were friends.Ben Bradlee shares those conversations with Kennedy in this book, mos [...]


    7. This is a good book about history, but not so much a good history book. There's a lot of interesting insight into Kennedy and his administration, but more anecdotal rather than a broad explanation of what happened.Benjamin Bradlee was a friend of Kennedy's and also a reporter for Newsweek, so the book is like a diary of conversations he had with Kennedy, places his family went with the Kennedys, etc. It would be a really good book if you lived through that time, or knew about the era, but if you [...]


    8. A Different View of The Kennedy FamilyA 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 Mr. Bradlee’s thoughts about them are glimpses of the private side to President Kennedy that I hadn’t read about. There were breaks in the conversations due to the author’s work at Newsweek and the President’s distaste for some of what was written – that is the great part – Mr. Bradlee wa [...]


    9. I learned about this book from a JFK Library podcast and it's a must for Kennedy admirers. Before becoming a celebrity as the Watergate and Pentagon Papers editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee was a Washington insider as a longtime Newsweek bureau chief. His neighbor in Georgetown was Senator John F. Kennedy - close in age, school tie as Harvard grads, World War II Naval officers in the Pacific, with wives and young children. They became good friends and the relationship continued after JF [...]


    10. I've wanted to read this for years, but when at the library, I'd forget. And this book is quite slim compared to Kennedy bios, so it was also easily overlooked. I was lucky enough to find it, in hardcover and in excellent condition, at our church's book sale, and read it cover to cover in the space of a day. Although JBK strenuously objected to the writing of this book by Bradlee, and shunned him and his wife, Tony, forever after, there isn't much damaging information here. What is interesting i [...]


    11. The author only knew the Kennedy's for a short time, mainly as a journalisten a neighboren as a friend. These conversations, for the most part were off the record, but the President was aware that the author was taking notes and would not be written about for at least 5 years after Kennedy left the Office of POTUS. This book does not contain anything secret or major so to speak, but shows the Kennedy family in a more relaxed atmosphere, just humans after all. It must have been special to be incl [...]


    12. Journalist Benjamin C Bradlee had a close professional and personal relationship with JFK, and in this often revealing collection of conversations he had with him gives an insight into Kennedy the private rather than the public man. For devotees of JFK the book will be a rich treasure trove of anecdote, and even for those like myself who are fairly immune to the widespread admiration that Kennedy still inspires, there is much to enjoy here. However, on the whole I found it all a little bland, an [...]


    13. Ben Bradlee, had a unique perspective on JFK. He was Kennedy's neighbor and close friend since 1958 and political writer for Newsweek covering the Kennedy administation. He and his wife Tony visited the White House for many public and private occasions. This book of his recollections gives an interesting view of the Kennedys as regular people as well as almost mythical figures. Though no amazing revelations, it does offer us an inside look and a view of the machinations of US politics and govern [...]


    14. * Top 10 Greatest Leaders of All TimeThe Leader: John F. KennedyArguably America’s most popular president, definitely the suavest, John F. Kennedy knew and understood the capability and more so the mortality of a single man. Which is why he made good on personal relationships. In Conversations with Kennedy, acclaimed journalist and good friend Benjamin C. Bradlee reveals the man under that perfectly quaffed do.


    15. 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 become President of the U.S. This made things fairly difficult for Bradlee, a journalist, who oftentimes had to sit on a story because of his friendship. There are a lot of fascinating stories and it is interesting to read about JFK's personal life from an actual friend.


    16. As one of Kennedy's favorite journalists, Bradlee is given an unrestricted, sometimes unsettling look into the president's work and private life. It is his little notes about JFK's humor, habits and shortcomings that make this one of my favorite books. I have read it a few times and each time, something strikes me as incredibly personal and poignant about Bradlee's love and perception of Kennedy. Anyone will enjoy this book.


    17. This is a tender, often insightful, look at a president some of us remember as one who could motivate people, who gave us a new vision and new hope, and often did this with great humor. Bradlee was a personal friend as well as a Newsweek reporter at the time and this combination gives us an unusual inside look at JFK and his family - and it's a page turner as well.


    18. It took me forever to finish this book (and it's a small book). I think I had so much difficulty for a couple of reasons. 1). There is a lot of name dropping, and that would be fine if you were a Washington insider in the 50's and 60's, but much was loss to me because I am not. 2). I had read several of the anecdotes in Bradlee's other book, A Good Life, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


    19. A unique read, as this was written by Mr. Bradlee who was neighbor to the then Senator and Mrs. Kennedy. The neighbors became close friends both before and during the White House years. The conversations show John Kennedy in a light not related in history or biography books.


    20. Very quick reading. A lot of small, but fascinating insights into Kennedy's personality and intellect. Ben Bradlee was a neighbor and friend to the family, and his account felt honest, and never tell-all trashy.


    21. This is a compilation of Ben Bradlee's notes and recollections of personal, not as a journalist, conversations with President Kennedy. It reveals his and Jackie's personalities when they were not in public. Nothing earthshattering is revealed, but it was interesting.


    22. Best book about any Kennedy I've read. Did such a good job of humanising him by never straying into hagiography and laying out their friendship difficulties in a frank, interesting manner. JFK worrying about his man boobs made me laugh so hard.



    23. Worth reading once. Captures the Mad Men vibe of the early 60s. Not sure how insightful or profound it is, although it was used quite heavily as a source in subsequent Kennedy bios.


    24. Bradlee's very human observations of JFK clearly come from a close personal relationship, even if the president may not have acknowledged it that way.


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