By Edith Gelles
“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s matters and heritage is clear on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with realizing and sensitivity... however it is her power as a feminist historian that makes her therapy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
— Washington Times
“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the publication is a magnificent addition to the nation’s written history.”
— Oklahoma urban Oklahoman
Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No traditional Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the USA, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.
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The style of the very first Checklist Johnson saw already differed slightly from the ones Kennedy had enjoyed reading. Beginning on the afternoon of the assassination itself, analysts in the OCI started adding context to many analytic items to bring the new president up to speed on the things that his predecessor had been fully aware of. ” Bromley Smith at the NSC signed off on the idea of offering such additional text but warned that analysts should not be too obvious in their efforts to educate the new president, who had proven sensitive to real or perceived condescension.
In the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, an exasperated McGeorge Bundy finally vented to Kennedy, laying out his annoyance with the president’s style. “I hope you’ll be in a good mood,” the national security advisor wrote. ” He offered his diagnosis: “We do have a problem of management; centrally it is a problem of your use of time and your use of your staff. ” Bundy then proposed a new approach: First: you should set aside a real and regular time each day for national security discussion and action.
The development of the Checklist was only half the job. In most cases, getting the publication out of the CIA without any upper-level management interference would have been just as difficult. But in a rare coincidence, the three officials above Sheldon within the CIA hierarchy—director Dulles, deputy director General Charles Cabell, and DDI Robert Amory—were all out of town. So Sheldon boldly assumed the authority to communicate with the president, pushing the new product out the door before anyone above him in the management chain could weigh in or object.
Abigail and John LP: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles