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Letters to and from President Kennedy are published in book form and edited by Martin W Sandler to mark fifty years since the assassination of 1963. And a selection, abridged in five episodes by Penny Leicester, reveal the drama and tensions to do with American foreign policy. Other letters reveal Kennedy's wit and warmth when contacting friends and members of the public:

4. During the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the leaders of America and the Soviet Union agreed to communicate with letters that were 'personal and private'. Refreshingly, their respective tones were different to official missives. Kennedy also received thanks from Elizabeth II.

Readers Colin Stinton, Richard Laing, Stephen Greif and Kelly Burke

Producer Duncan Minshull.

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 15 Nov 2013 00:30


The music used in this Book of the Week includes:

Episode 1:
Glenn Miller - 'Rainbow Rhapsody'

Episode 5:
Boards of Canada - 'Ataronchronon' and 'Constants are Changing'

The series also features non-commercial production music.


Role Contributor
ReaderColin Stinton
ReaderRichard Laing
ReaderStephen Greif
ReaderKelly Burke
ProducerDuncan Minshull
AbridgerPenny Leicester
AuthorMartin W Sandler

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