(Disclaimer: Chloe at Carlton books sent me this, at my request. What follows is my opinion, in its truest form. Thank you very much for sending me this! This is also part of a new series of blog posts, just for the week-about books…)
If you’ve read this blog, you’ll know that I’m fascinated by the Kennedy’s. This even cumilated in me visiting the presidential library (click here to view.) It’s just the glamour of the era, what was accomplished in terms of Civil Rights. Never mind conspiracy, or what illegally may have happened in the Oval Office.
This book is a lovely, heavily-inclusive photography volume: there’s even pull-outs of historical documents. The accompanying text is also simple to read, and packed with revelations that even the most seasoned reader may not have heard of.
The two authors-one who I’ve interviewed-have also managed in recreating the atmosphere of Camelot. Despite not being alive at the time of the Kennedy presidency, I felt almost transported back to that time. To me, any book that manages that is one well worth reading.
However, I do wish, that as the book proceeds towards the end of Kennedy’s life, that there was less of a speculative tone. Almost like a “we know Oswald was the official killer, but we’re not agreeing” without explanation. If it’s a factual biography, then I’d far more prefer the facts of the day-I.E Lee Harvey Oswald was the leading suspect in President Kennedy’s murder, but was never trialled. He died whilst I’m police custody, without having made a confession.
What do you think? Would you read this biography?