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Dear Mrs. Kennedy

The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963

Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis

St. Martin's Press

From the bestselling author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy received more than one million letters. The impact of President Kennedy’s death was so immense that people from every station in life wrote to her, sharing their feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and hope. 

She received letters from political luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., and Charles De Gaulle. Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and Gene Kelly voiced their sympathy, as did foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, the King and Queen of Greece, and the Prince of Monaco.  Distinguished members of the arts and society—Ezra Pound, Noel Coward, Babe Paley, Langston Hughes, Oleg Cassini, Josephine Baker—offered their heartfelt condolences. And children, with the most heartbreaking sincerity, reached out to the First Lady to comfort her in her time of grief.

More than just a compendium of letters, Dear Mrs. Kennedy uses these many voices to tell the unforgettable story of those fateful four days in November, when the world was struck with shock and sadness.  It vividly captures the months that followed, as a nation---and a family---attempted to rebuild.

Filled with emotion, patriotism, and insight, the letters are a poignant time capsule of one of the seminal events of the twentieth century. Dear Mrs. Kennedy offers a diverse portrait not only of the aftermath of the assassination, but of the Kennedy mystique that continues to captivate the world.

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FOUR DAYS TO REMEMBER
It was the defining moment of a generation. Like the shock of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the shock of JFK’s murder in Dallas on November 22, 1963, stunned and stupefied a nation and the world.
What were you doing when Kennedy was shot? Ask anyone over fifty: For a moment the world seemed to stand still. In factories, offices, coffee shops, and university lecture halls, a pall of disbelief descended. Some students heard the announcement over the PA system in the same classrooms where a year before they’d gone through elaborate drills—hiding
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“I thought I would never read another Kennedy book…. Anyone who cares about American history and the heart of the American people will want to read Dear Mrs. Kennedy.”---Laurence Leamer, bestselling author of The Kennedy Women and Sons of Camelot

“You will not be able to put down this deeply moving, inspiring book.”---Donald Spoto, author of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life

“A book for every bedside…These carefully selected letters of condolence take us back to a moment in history we would do well to revisit." ---Frances Kiernan, author of The Last Mrs. Astor

“A profound reflection into the eternal questions about God, the meaning of life, and how we as mere mortals deal with senseless, inexplicable tragedy.”---Thomas Maier, author of The Kennedys: America’s Emeralds Kings

“Often-intense revelations of personal emotion…in reaction to an event that truly shocked the world.”---Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of The Kennedy White House

 

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  • Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis

  • JAY MULVANEY, the author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie and an Emmy Award--winning writer and producer, was once an office boy for Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

    PAUL DE ANGELIS has been an editor, editorial director, and editor-in-chief at such publishing companies as St. Martin’s Press, E. P. Dutton, and Kodansha America.

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    Dear Mrs. Kennedy

    The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963

    Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis

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