Books: The House That Jack Built

Sally Bedell Smith tells you more than you ever really wanted to know about President Kennedy

Kennedy confidant and journalist Ben Bradlee has his initials tattooed on his right buttock, with a snake wrapped around them. You can read this little fact either as part of what book reviewers like to call a "wealth of historical detail" or as symptomatic of a fetishistic interest in the most insignificant minutiae of the presidency of John F. Kennedy. Either is fine, but decide now, because there's a lot more where that came from in Sally Bedell Smith's Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House (Random House; 608 pages).

Grace and Power begins the day after...

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