Kennedy loved courage but never wanted to be alone, never to be bored. Matthews offers a new assessment of the 35th president.

Jacqueline Kennedy

Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy and Michael Beschloss

Hyperion, $60

Shortly after her husband's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven interviews on her life with JFK. Now, 50 years after his inauguration, the material has been released on CDs with accompanying transcripts.


The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Alfred A. Knopf, $35

A rich account of how the small, remote town became the Holy City and the key to peace in the Middle East.

John Huston

Courage and Art

Jeffrey Meyers

Random House, $30

The acclaimed biographer of Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart, among many others, turns to the filmmaker best known for "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America

Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

Henry Holt, $28