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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2000
I love biographies, and have read several on the Kennedy's. This is one of my favorites. It gives you a very in depth look at the real relationship between Jack and Jackie, which is, as the title says, "All Too Human". The book, which reads almost like a novel, starts with the first meeting of Jackie and Jack, and carries you all the way through until Jack was assassinated in November of 1963. Edward Klein was a personal friend of Jackie's for a number of years, which made him privy to alot of information. Some points of interest include Jack's affairs and womanizing, Jackie's feelings on being a politician's wife, Joe Kennedy's role in their relationship, how the death of their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, brought Jack and Jackie closer than they'd ever been before, only to have it taken away on that fateful day in Dallas, and Jackie's relationship with her parents. Of course, there is a ton of other information in this book, but these are just a few. After reading this book, I read "Just Jackie: Her Private Years", which is also by Edward Klein. It picks up where "All Too Human" leaves off (shortly after the assassination of JFK). I highly recommend both books to anyone interested in reading about the Kennedys and Jackie O.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2001
This book tells the touching story of the relationship between Jack and Jackie Kennedy. It is well-written and is a sympathetic telling of their relationship. I enjoyed it very much - better than most of the books about the Kennedys on the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 1999
As a high school student you loves history, I found this book to be wonderful. As I read it, I had to remind myself that these were real people,-- Jack was the President dealing with the Mafia and Marilyn Monroe. Although JFK had a relativly short time as President, (just a "1,000" days), he had such an impact on our society. It was amazing to learn about his and Jackie's family life,--how they were brought together, the affairs, and the loss of their son Patrick. The Kennedy's have truly become America's Royal family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 1998
This book made me feel as if I was there, observing their marriage. I especially felt the hurt of Jacqueline when JFK would stray.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 1999
I like to think of myself as a Kennedy expert- I know almost every little detail about the life of this amazing family. Actually, it's become a major fascination over the last few years. I wrote an extensive report on the family and did a great deal of research and came across this book, which I just reread. Again, I was completely mesmerized by this wonderful book by Edward Klein. He was really lucky to have know the family and have such an intimate relationship with these very tortured people. Many seem to forget that they were human like everyone else and had their share of problems and upsets in life. Klein, as a friend of both Jack and Jackie's, makes the story come alive with word for word converstaions from those who were closest to the Kennedy's. I was especially touched by the end of the book where Jack is shot on that fateful day in November of 1963. I cry everytime I read it and think how horrible it must have been for Jackie to not only witness her husband's death, but move on after the tragedy with grace and dignity. I highly recommend this book and if there is anyone who has a similar interest in the Kennedys, please e-mail me. This book is really worth the read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2006
The Kennedys may have lived in the White House but in many respects were just like the neighbors who seemed like the perfect White Picket Fence family. Both the myth and fascination with the Kennedys is shattered here. It's an intimate take on the family politics of one of the most intriguing American political dynasties.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2002
As of the most successful dynasties in American history, the Kennedy's have left an indelible mark on our nation unlike any other. Millions have proclaimed John to be a hero exemplifying American characterizes and Jackie exhibiting class beyond compare. Klein challenges the status quo by revealing the first family's moral devoidness throughout the course of their campaign and life in general. No longer worthy of the apotheosis so many Democrats have been attempting to bestow to the martyred president, rather a man with extreme moral vicissitude unforeseen by the watchful eye of the nation. Who would have ever thought that before the 1960 election Kennedy had been in the company of a young female to "relax" him before he took center stage against a nation of voters? John shines through as a hedonistic man looking to secure power and politics for his personal discourse. Jackie is seen as a modern day Anna Nichole Smith for her power and money-hungry ways in looking at Jack as a means to build upon herself even greater. Although these themes are a bit cynical and I don't agree with all of them, Klein writes with such chosen linguistics that simply reading will be candy to your eyes. If you are looking for a fun read recounting one of our nation's most memberable presidents All Too Human (or the John Stephanopoulos novel by the same name) are in a class by themselves.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2000
This is an very readable book about the marriage of one of the most famous US President's and his glamorous wife. The book opens with a short story about Jackie and details her early life very throughly. The book continues on telling how Jack and Jackie met, courted, and their marriage, ending with the death of President Kennedy. The book tells about the birth of the Kennedy's second son, Patrick who only lived a few days, how the Cuban missle crisis helped to define JFK, and JFK's hidden illness. The book is written in very easily understood prose which makes the book pleasurable reading. On that note, I do not think this book would be considered a piece of scholarly work. This is a good book for those looking for an easy read about the John and Jackie Kennedy.
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on September 15, 2011
This was a very enjoyable read, primarily because the author is an excellent writer. It was fascinating to eavesdrop on the elite lives of the Kennedy and Bouvier/Auchincloss families as well as their peers and associates. It was also interesting to learn the extent of Jack's "womanizing" throughout his life and how Jackie was able to cope and maintain her dignity -- not an easy thing to navigate.

The author gives us the childhood backgrounds of Jack and Jackie, how they met and eventually married. It is an honest account of how things actually were between them -- hence the book's title, "All Too Human" -- from the distance that plagued their earliest years as a married couple to the closeness they finally reached as a young family in the White House.

Together with tots Caroline and John Jr., Jack and Jackie's relationship during Jack's presidency blossomed into one of warmth, mutual respect and a deeper level of love. Jackie became an asset to Jack with her intelligence and foreign language ability; Jack turned into a family man who spent more time with Jackie as well as the children.

Author Edward Klein did a suberb job of covering the basic story about Jack and Jackie's relationship while touching on the many sub-stories that directly impacted it, i.e. Joe Kennedy, the Chicago mob, Catholicism, Jack's serious health problems and Jackie's difficult pregnancies.

I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2014
This is one book I didn't want to end. It was a romantic yet down to earth book. One of the better ones I have read about them.
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