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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 family:

5. Kennedy receives a vivid communique from his advisor JK Galbraith about the practicalities of shelter during nuclear attack. Later he writes to the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan - words of social nicety and trepidation about the Russians.

Readers Colin Stinton, Richard Laing, Peter Marinker and Trevor White

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Sat 16 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
ReaderPeter Marinker
ReaderTrevor White
ProducerDuncan Minshull
AbridgerPenny Leicester
AuthorMartin W Sandler

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