Dinner in Camelot

Dinner in Camelot

The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House
Written by Joseph A. Esposito
Narrated by Tom Perkins
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Dinner in Camelot

The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House
Written by Joseph A. Esposito | Narrated by Tom Perkins
On one fateful night in 1962, President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie brought together the country’s greatest thinkers, scientists, and artists for a White House dinner. Detailing that remarkable evening, this audiobook is “delightful” (The Washington Post) and a “fascinating look back” (Publishers Weekly).

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In April 1962, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy hosted forty-nine Nobel Prize winners—along with many other prominent scientists, artists, and writers—at a famed White House dinner. Among the guests were J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was officially welcomed back to Washington after a stint in the political wilderness; Linus Pauling, who had picketed the White House that very afternoon; William and Rose Styron, who began a fifty-year friendship with the Kennedy family that night; James Baldwin, who would later discuss civil rights with Attorney General Robert Kennedy; Mary Welsh Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s widow, who sat next to the president and grilled him on Cuba policy; John Glenn, who had recently orbited the earth aboard Friendship 7; historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who argued with Ava Pauling at dinner; and many others. Actor Frederic March gave a public recitation after the meal, including some unpublished work of Hemingway’s that later became part of Islands in the Stream. Held at the height of the Cold War, the dinner symbolizes a time when intellectuals were esteemed, divergent viewpoints could be respectfully discussed at the highest level, and the great minds of an age might all dine together in the rarefied glamour of “the people’s house.”

Nonfiction
History
Biographies and Memoirs
20th Century
Politics and Current Events

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Release Date: August 27, 2019
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Run time: 8 hours and 24 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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