Review by Robert McCrum:

John F Kennedy, always a US icon, has over the years acquired a life story that’s almost all sex and violence. Assassinated on 22 November 1963 in an atrocious public death, JFK and his record have become progressively tarnished by the sexual secrets of Camelot.

John F Kennedy recordings donated to US National Archives

The Raab Collection has donated audio recordings captured by the White House Communications Agency to the US National Archives. Conversations between officials at the White House and Air Force One, and a variety of people, including John F Kennedy’s mother Rose, can be heard shortly after the president’s assassination