I have a number of books about the Kennedy Family both before and after the assassination.What interested me the most about this book was the background and stories of the insiders within the administration, but who often remained on the edge of Camelot to varying degrees.The jockeying for position, power, the friendships made, and destroyed make for a cracking read. Incredibly detailed book Almost too detailed about the administration I was hoping it d be about their private world and relationship, as the title kinda implies. The detail is almost overwhelming at times I appreciate that the author has done a great deal of research but the day to day life, of even these famous people, can pall after a time In spite of this, however, there are real insights into the decadent and disassociative life of Jackie and the morally ethical corruption of Jack and his cohorts. Brilliant read, very well written with lots of detail and information of the Kennedy administration and daily life in the White House A great insight into how Jackie coped with JFKs philandering, how they made their marriage work, also her sense of duty and respect she showed in the days following the shooting The politics of the time are well covered I would thoroughly recommend this book to any Kennedy fans. Good story interesting A great behind the scenes look at the Kennedys and how they functioned In Grace and Power, New York Times best selling 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 th century s most storied presidencyAt the dawn of the s, ayear old president and hisyear 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 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 assassinationSmith 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 Seemed long to start with but then realised that the last 50% was taken up with reference sources A good read though and enjoyed it. This book is a detailed walk down memory lane Along the way, the womanizing JFK is exposed for what he was an unrepentent user of women, including a college student young enough to be his daughter The tomcat aspect of JFK is hard to reconcile with the man who clearly loved his children in his own way clearly loved his wife Perhaps the truth is as F Scott Fitzgerald wrote the rich are different. This is a wonderful story in addition to a reference manual for who s who and what happened during the Kennedy administration The reader gains an intimate understanding of what activities filled Jack and Jacqueline s days while at the White House It details their trips and parties and gives a wonderful understanding the couple s friends, family members and members of the White House staff I wish I d read this book before William Manchester s Death of a President This gives much detail about the various characters and events This author well details the people and relationships Manchester s book is required reading for any Kennedy enthusiast, but it s pedagogic and methodical, whereas this book is relational.