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"A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know."
"Greg Lawrence, whom the first lady edited, interviews her former colleagues and authors to paint a fascinating portrait of a woman who found a life in that most private of activities, reading."
--Town & Country
"Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote her memoirs, but you can tell a lot about the late First Lady's life by the books she loved, and those she edited in her nearly two decades as a publishing executive."
"Charting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's impressive legacy as an editor at Viking and Doubleday, Lawrence draws on a wealth of sources, including interviews with more than 125 of her former publishing collaborators, and hundreds of notes left to the author by Onassis. He was also one of her authors, co-writing three books with his former wife, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland (including the controversial bestseller Dancing on My Grave). . . . This Onassis appreciation appears almost simultaneously with William Kuhn's misleadingly titled Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, and while both will appeal primarily to publishing and media insiders, Lawrence's perceptive, impressively researched, book is the better of the two, presenting a woman with 'a grand spirit of adventure and... a sense of irony about life that served as a kind of armor' for this courageous, gifted woman."
---Sarah Bradford, author of America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy, and Diana
"For Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the role of editor was just another version of her role as America’s muse. She created the Camelot story in the JFK histories, and years later she wrought the same magic upon the books she edited. I kept wondering as I read Greg Lawrence’s book what Mrs. O would have made of this delicious biography. This is a great story about a woman who had everything—men, money, power—and all she wanted was more to read. I bet she would have loved Jackie as Editor. Every book lover and fan of Jackie will be caught in its magic."
---Harriet Rubin, author of The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women and Dante in Love: The World’s Greatest Poem and How It Made History
It was an interesting, well-written book.
This detailed work serves as a solid addition to my Jackie library and also provides guidance on what books she edited that would be of interest.
It figures that the one with the ugly remarks has the cheaper book with less quality and less value from a literary point of view.
I thought I had read every line ever published about Jackie until I read this book.
She really did have many good years after her terrible tragedies with the Kennedys' and... Read more
This book is VERY enlightening and discloses aspects of Jackie's "work life" as an editor that the public certainly didn't know about at the time she was alive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. C.
Jackie's years as editor were in my opinion her happiest. She really came into her own sort of coming back to where she left her independence as an Inquiring Girl before marrying... Read morePublished 5 months ago by I P
I am in publishing, but I'd not intended to read this, as I figured it would be Jackie-life-retread-the-fiftieth. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wanda H. Giles
I had read Greg Lawrence's "Dancing on My Grave" years [ok, decades] ago, and found it moving and insightful. And Jackie O is a fascinating person. Read morePublished 8 months ago by disheveledprofessor