INSCRIBED BY PATRICIA KENNEDY LAWFORD TO KENNEDY FAMILY INTIMATE AND ENGLISH AMBASSADOR DAVID ORMSBY-GORE
(KENNEDY, Robert F.) LAWFORD, Patricia Kennedy. That Shining Hour. No place, 1969. Octavo, original blue cloth.
First edition, one of only a few privately printed copies intended for distribution to Kennedy family members and friends, inscribed in the year of publication by Lawford to David Ormsby-Gore, Ambassador from Great Britain to the United States during the Kennedy administration and a close personal friend of JFK and all of the Kennedy clan: "June 1969. For David, with much love, Pat."
A collection of essays and reminiscences about Robert F. Kennedy, by family members, friends and acquaintances, including Justices Byron White and William Douglas, Cesar Chavez, Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Averell Harriman, Prince Stanislas Radziwill, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Ted Kennedy among many. As issued without dust jacket. This copy is inscribed to David Ormsby-Gore, Lord Harlech and Ambassador from Great Britain to the United States during the Kennedy administration. Ormsby-Gore was a Kennedy family intimate and personal friend of JFK of long standing, beginning when Kennedy's father was Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Ormsby-Gore's appointment as Ambassador to the United States from Great Britain was done at Kennedy's request; Ormsby-Gore and his wife Sissie were some of John and Jackie's closest friends and confidants during the White House years, both being constant visitors at the White House, more regarded as friends than anything else. He was also central to much of the international politics of the Kennedy Era, and played a vital role in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis. The relationship between Kennedy and Ormsby-Gore was exceptionally close; according to a biographer of Jacqueline Kennedy, after JFK's assassination Jackie felt that "of all the people who had been close to Jack, David had been, next to Bobby and herself, the one who had been 'the most wounded' by his death" (Leaming, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 154).