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Creating Camelot: John F. Kennedy & Jackie Kennedy [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures of the Kennedys and important people, places, and events in their lives.
*Includes an introduction for each of the 4.
*Includes a Table of Contents

"Don't let it be forgot
that once there was a spot
for one brief shining moment
that was known as Camelot"

In many ways, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his young family were the perfect embodiment of the ‘60s. The decade began with a sense of idealism, personified by the attractive Kennedy, his beautiful and fashionable wife Jackie, and his young children. Months into his presidency, Kennedy exhorted the country to reach for the stars, calling upon the nation to send a man to the Moon and back by the end of the decade. In 1961, Kennedy made it seem like anything was possible, and Americans were eager to believe him. The Kennedy years were fondly and famously labeled “Camelot” by Jackie herself, suggesting an almost mythical quality about the young President and his family.

Much of the glamor and vigor of Camelot, if not the majority of it, was supplied by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, whose elegance and grace made her the most popular woman in the world. Her popularity threatened to eclipse even her husband’s, who famously quipped on one presidential trip to France that he was “the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.” Lady Jeanne Campbell put it best, writing for The London Evening Standard, "Jacqueline Kennedy has given the American people...one thing they have always lacked: Majesty.”

Americans were fascinated by the young First Lady’s style, and the manner in which she glamorously positioned both the First Family and the White House in those years, and Jackie remains one of the country’s most popular First Ladies. But it was in the face of adversity that she truly made her lasting mark, with the country taking its cue from her in the aftermath of the president’s assassination. Having devised and lit the eternal flame at JFK’s tombstone, Jackie also set about securing her husband’s legacy, a time still fondly and mythically remembered as Camelot today, despite his legendary transgressions and infidelities.

As it turned out, the ‘60s closely reflected the glossy, idealistic portrayal of John F. Kennedy, as well as the uglier truths. The country would achieve Kennedy’s goal of a manned moon mission, and the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 finally guaranteed minorities their civil rights and restored equality, ensuring that the country “would live out the true meaning of its creed.” But the idealism and optimism of the decade was quickly shattered, starting with Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The ‘60s were permanently marred by the Vietnam War, and by the time Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated in 1968, the country was irreversibly jaded. The events of the decade produced protests and countercultures unlike anything the country had seen before, as young people came of age more quickly than ever.

Creating Camelot chronicles the amazing lives and legacies of John and Jackie, weaving their lives and legacies together into one narrative. Along with pictures of the Kennedy family and important people, places, and events in their lives, you will learn about the John and Jackie like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492343633
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MTO9NY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creating Camelot 5 Nov 2013
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I found the title and photo a bit misleading. There wasn't a lot in the book about the Kennedy Family as a family. The book reads like a fact sheet but a lot of the information was of John and Jackie separately and briefly. What wasn't brief was the pages spent going over the crises John had when he was President. Such as The Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and the Cold War. Having no interest in these happenings, I found I had turned quite a few pages. I didn't think this was relevant to 'Creating Camelot'. There were, though, so nice black and white photos to look at. The cover photo, however, didn't seem to be relevant to the story as little was said about the couple's life together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy's life and legacy 5 Jan 2013
By Valerie Caraotta - Published on Amazon.com
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This fascinating read weaves accounts and paints the true portrait of the lives of John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, and the dynasty brothers quest for the White House "throne". Their lives fit the stereotype that it is the privileged wealth that rise to stardom.
JFK and Jackie would both grow up in extreme wealth and receive the best of education. Their meeting at a party would unite their lives and forever hold them in the public eye as an icon of beauty, wealth, and success. John would eventually rise to become the 35 th President. Learn intimate details in his quest for Presidency on the campaign trail.
Although controversy would begin when he appointed his brother Bobby to Attorney General and although he had early failures in his Presidency including the Bay of Pigs invasion and speculation over his ability to conduct American foreign policy, his successes and legacy upon his death would favorably hold him in the public eye.
You will read about Jacqueline's First lady accomplishments as well as her social graces that, still today capture memorable details. "Jacqueline Kennedy has given the American people...one thing they have always lacked:Majesty."
Though a welcoming day in Dallas where JFK and Jackie would arrive, it was a day that would be JFK's last as gunshot wounds would mercilessly penetrate his back and skull by Lee Harvey Oswald. Read about the tragedy and changes that Jackie would go through afterwards.
Though Jacqueline's accounts of her marriage to JFK was portrayed as "Camelot" learn the real truths of his private life regarding his health and affairs. You must read this book to gain the all encompassing details and learn of the Kennedy dynasty that has occupied a Senate seat for 55 years.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great historical read 26 Oct 2013
By T. Randall - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this read. I wasn't alive during these times but I have really been into learning about the times and tribulations of this era. The kindle version had a few editing mistakes but the stories read so well it's easy to overlook and didn't hinder the read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Needed editing! 4 Sep 2013
By Diane N. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has more errors and inconsistencies than any book I have ever read. It was difficult to even navigate through the words, but since I had committed to reading it, I persevered. I don't understand how such a book gets published.
4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy-the mystique still fascinates. 19 Jun 2013
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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When will we know the real truth about the assassination and the Kennedy's lives. They opened a new era labeit somewhat blemished. In my opinion the real change started with them.
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written 4 April 2013
By Lori - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing new here; I think I got if for free...I HOPE I got it for free. Obvious grammatical errors make it hard to read, and it's not laid out very well.
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