A TOUR OF THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MRS. JOHN F. KENNEDY by Perry Wolff

A TOUR OF THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MRS. JOHN F. KENNEDY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Prior to the February, 1962 in which Mrs. John F. Kennedy opened the White House to a hugh viewing audience, Perry Wolff and his production staff at the Columbia Broadcasting Company researched laboriously for months. The limitations of the hour long presentation left the producer with vast amounts of unused information about the House, its inhabitants, the political maneuvering necessary to preserve the historicity of the mansion, the unity of the house, and the comfort of the home. Producer Wolff took that untapped research and uses it to annotate the printed transcript of the Collingwood Kennedy tete a-tete, ""to trace out inference, historical background, or anecdotes which stand behind her remarks"". Thus, in bold print are reprinted the comments made on the air about the Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington. Following, the information by the staff regarding Dolly Madison's correspondence on the subject of the portrait, the loss of it during the turmoil of British invasion, the expulsion of the myth concerning the purposeful knifing of the painting. The history is well researched: the tailing interesting. A last section deals with the production itself, difficulties encountered and extreme nervousness surmounted. A somewhat fuzzy few paragraphs about Mrs. Kennedy's preparation will not resolve any debates.

Publisher: Doubleday