In the month that marks 50 years since John F. Kennedy's election and 47 since his assassination, three books look at his times, shining and dark.
Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963 (St. Martin's), edited by Jay Mulvaney and Paul DeAngelis, samples and gives context to some of the more than 800,000 letters the president's widow received from around the globe.
The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Gallery) by Gerald Blaine is a detailed account by one of the men who was at the assassination. It includes the first published contribution ever by Agent Clint Hill, who jumped onto the president's car to protect Mrs. Kennedy.
Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House (Abrams) by Richard Reeves, with photos by Cecil W. Stoughton, captures an era in the work of the official White House photographer and a renowned presidential historian; includes a DVD.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor