Dinner in Camelot by Joseph A. Esposito audiobook

Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

By Joseph A. Esposito
Foreword written and read by Rose Styron
Read by Tom Perkins

Highbridge Audio 9781512600124
8.40 Hours 1
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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 Actor Frederic March gave a public recitation after the meal, including some unpublished work of Hemingway's that later became part of Islands in the Stream.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."

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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."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful recounting of the Greatest Party of the 1960s. The stars of the narrative are John and Jackie Kennedy, but the supporting cast—including John Glenn, Robert Frost, William Styron, and John Dos Passos—is beyond impressive. A real pager turner. Highly recommended.” Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] skillful mix of diligently researched detail and chatty anecdotes.” Washington Post
“Captures all of that remarkable evening’s many dimensions, reading like a melding of American Heritage, Architectural Digest, and Gourmet.National Book Review
“A book that lovingly evokes the New Frontier, its promise and elegance.” The Beacon
“With his quintessentially American voice, narrator Tom Perkins delivers this well-researched narrative, which celebrates the achievements of mid-century American scholars, scientists, and literati and their experiences that night in the president’s home. Perkins provides a mostly straight reading, with a hint of the famous JFK accent as well as Mrs. Kennedy’s distinctively polished clip. Thanks to Perkins’s almost conversational pace, the extensive background details—from newspaper headlines of the day to the paintings viewed by the guests while dining—are not too cumbersome. Witticisms and polite disagreements by everyone from nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer to novelist Pearl Buck are recounted.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Joseph A. Esposito

Author Bio: Joseph A. Esposito

Joseph A. Esposito has had a long career in the fields of public service, education, communications, and nonprofit work. He served in three presidential administrations, including as deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the US Department of Education. He is an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English