The Kennedy Baby

The Kennedy Baby

The Loss That Transformed JFK

by Steven Levingston and Washington Post Staff

CD-Audio Publication Date: 21/02/2017

 

A sensitive portrait of how a profound tragedy changed one of America's most prominent families.

Their marriage is the subject of countless books. His presidency has been pored over minute by minute by historians. They lived their lives in the public eye and under a microscope that magnified all of their flaws, all of their scandals, all of their tragedies. Now Steven Levingston, nonfiction editor at the Washington Post, presents a devastating story in unprecedented detail, about a child John and Jackie Kennedy loved and lost. On August 7, 1963, heavily pregnant Jackie Kennedy collapsed, marking the beginning of a harrowing day and a half. The doctors and family went into full emergency mode, including a helicopter ride to a hospital, a scramble by the President to join her from the White House, and a C-section to deliver a baby boy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, five and a half weeks early with a severe respiratory ailment. The baby was so frail he was immediately baptized. Over the next 39 hours the nation watched and waited. The vigil was spread across the front pages of the newspapers; the country watched the life of Patrick unfold on the evening news. Within the Kennedy family, the drama was transforming the president and his marriage. Both he and Jackie, long known for their cool exteriors, were brought together by a shared sadness and love as they never had been. Although baby Patrick succumbed after 39 hours, his father was born anew through the tragedy.

The Kennedy Baby is a vivid drama of a national tragedy and private trauma for the Kennedy family, taking readers through the lead up to the birth, the ordeal in the hospital, and JFK's personal growth through his hardship and the progress toward a changed marriage - a breakthrough all the more acute in light of the tragedy that loomed only months away.

ISBN:
9781536636086
9781536636086
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
21-02-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Brilliance Publishing, Inc.
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
171.45x133.35x12.7mm
Steven Levingston

Steven Levingston is the author of Little Demon in the City of Light and Kennedy and King, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and a Washington Post Notable Book of 2017. The non-fiction book editor of the Washington Post, he has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Washington and reported and edited for the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.

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