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Pulitzer-nominated biographer Heymann delivers a gawk-worthy beach read with this fascinating look at Jackie and the Kennedy clan in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Life for JFK and Jackie was less than perfect; one story finds him cheating on Jackie during their 1953 Acapulco honeymoon, leaving the new Mrs. Kennedy "by herself on the verandah." Still, Jackie's devastation was real; afterward, her love for his brother Bobby was equally genuine. Unable to find peace (her Georgetown home had become a stop for all D.C. tour buses), Bobby gladly volunteered to play surrogate father to her kids; before long, an affair began. According to Truman Capote, it was "perhaps the most normal relationship either one ever had." It was not necessarily simple, however; both saw a number of people while together. Promiscuity aside, the Kennedys were also notoriously "chintzy" in their personal lives-they didn't tip and employed undocumented workers at home- though Jackie fares marginally better. It's anyone's guess how the affair would have ended if Bobby hadn't been killed; just four months later, she married Aristotle Onassis. Heymann's research is top notch, with plentiful attributions, making this train-wreck love story a substantial guilty pleasure and a sizzling reminder of how the rich are different.
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"Hill…[conveys] an ample portion of the raw emotion behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' experiences with betrayal, grief, and the celebrity fishbowl." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition / First Printing edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416556249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416556244
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For some strange reason it really seems to annoy some people that they have so many admirers.
J. Gertler
After reading this book I am 99%+ sure that Robert Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy were having a torrid love/sex affair post JFK assassination.
Robert P. Morrow
I've tried to use his other books for research before, but his footnoting wouldn't pass a History 101 course.
Lisa Pease

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126 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Pease on October 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My in-depth review of all of Heymann's work appears here: [...]. I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing. Otherwise, here's a quick summary of just this book.

Heymann's book is simply not credible. First of all - and let's clear this up before we begin - he is NOT a Pulitzer Prize "nominee." That term is reserved for people the Pulitzer Prize committee selected as finalists. Heymann was simply an entrant - meaning, his publisher submitted his book in the HOPE of getting a nomination. I verified this both by talking to his current editor and by talking to the Pulitzer Prize committee.

Suffice it to say if you believe what's in the book, stay away from real estate brokers, as you are clearly at a disadvantage. He provides footnotes for items that are not new, and doesn't footnote his more astonishing claims. Heymann relies heavily on his purported interview with a guy who died several years before Heymann started writing about the Kennedys. And some of the more sensational claims for that interview are, surprise, not in his earlier books on the Kennedys. Did he only just rediscover things you truly couldn't forget on first hearing?

All the people who he has making extraordinary claims regarding an affair between Jackie and Bobby are dead. How convenient. If that's not what they said, they are no longer alive and able to sue.

Now perhaps Heymann is being fed bad information by his researchers. He credits a number of them for this book. Maybe Heymann is the gullible dupe. But his researchers didn't list him as a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee when he wasn't. That was Heymann's doing. I suspect most other "mistakes" are his alone, as well.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By GBM on August 2, 2009
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I too was curious when I bought the book, and am ashamed of myself for giving way to my curiosity,particularly since my purchase has increased this author's income. He has made a living off this family, and has done so by purveying sleazy reading material to the greedy public, of which I now have, to my shame, become an too-willing member. The book is no more than a rehash of rumors, innuendo and cheap gossip, and I found myself grieving for Mrs. Kennedy's daughter, nearly the last surviving member of a family who has had to suffer through too much of this tabloid trash as it is. There's nothing new here, save for a titillating title and a lot of speculative gossip, some of which may or may not be true. And, my God, at this juncture, who cares? The principals are, for the most part, dead, and seemingly are still not allowed to rest in peace. Whatever comfort any of them found in one another's presence is surely a matter for gratitude, and not this cheap, tawdry speculation which adds nothing to anyone's life and can only wound the living. I am ashamed of myself for succumbing to the temptation to buy this book, and I found it to be Heymann's usual trash.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Neher on September 12, 2009
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This was just a rehash of old titilating stories. I did not find anything positive written about the characters. I am sorry that I wasted my money.
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61 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Peteris Timofejevs Henriksson on July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
C. David Heymann has written a very exciting book about the relationship between Jacqueline and Robert Kennedy. Frankly, I bought it because I wanted to read more about the unusual relationship between Jackie and Bobby. And I do not regret spending money on it; the book sheds light on the liaison and paints a social and historical context.

The author has gathered an engaging interview material. He has listened not only to some gossipy maids and society photographers, but also to near-standing friends of the couple. They portray a relationship which was an open secret to everyone who was in the inner circle of Jackie's and Bobby's friends and acquaintances while, at the same time, guarded from the public eyes.

It is fair in treating all the parties -- none was spared and none was favoured. Personally, I felt that the book was a bit too open about a - essentially private - love relationship. Occasionally, it felt like reading a dirty tabloid or pages from a teenager's hot, privately revealing diary. But, I suppose, that is a risk you have to take, if you want to immerse and understand a relationship between any lovers.

I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the private lives of the two of the greatest liberal politicians of the United States in 1960-ties. (Oh, yes, Jackie certainly qualifies as a politician!)It is a definite page-turner and an exciting time-killer at worst.
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79 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Carmella Sciarappa on July 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read through this book quickly and although there've been some doubts by various Kennedy apologists and people who STILL hate to believe that celebrities and politicians are HUMAN, it seems clear that Jackie and Bobby were extremely close and loved each other. What exactly they did behind closed doors is perhaps not essential to the tragic tale of the Kennedy family but I certainly found it interesting to explore the possibility that these two, who survived the death of a man they loved dearly, came together briefly. It was a love with serious limitations since one of the lovers was married and had a large family. It was also short-lived since Bobby died not long after his brother, making this tale even sadder. But in reality, Jackie needed someone to confide in and be with and why would anyone find it so hard to believe that she might rely on her late husband's beloved brother? This has happened over and over in history and literature.

The book was well written and a quick read. I couldn't put it down. Jackie was a woman like no other, although she was human, too. What a story!
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