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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
I enjoyed a different look at Jackie. Skipped over some of it though as it was so detailed.Published 3 months ago by Marie E. Schafer
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 7 months ago by S. C.