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Jackie Oh! Hardcover – September, 1978
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If you are a Kennedy worshiper you will not like this book. It is not flattering to Mrs. Onassis nor should it be. From all accounts Jackie Onassis was a self absorbed, materialistic and psyopathically arrogant bully of a woman. You will not come out of this book liking her. But even under the harsh glare of the truth, Jackie Onasis is fascinating. She was a pivotal figure in this country's history regardless of her shallow, ruthless and self serving ways. You also might come out of this book profoundly resentful of the unconditional genuflecting she enjoyed from American society at large. How someone like this could move through life with absolutely no accountability and with unconditional reverence makes the book even more thought provoking.
I didn't read "Jackie Oh!" in 1978 because the critics panned it as trash. Why then did I bother to read this out-of-print book thirty-four years later? Because I suspected that the trash was true after googling Jamie Lee Auchincloss, Jackie's half-brother, to see what his life has been like. My search turned up a comment by "Jackie Oh!" author Kitty Kelley that when she was promoting a subsequent book, Jamie Auchincloss stood up in the audience and blurted that everything he'd told her was true and that now his sister didn't speak to him. So I ordered a used copy of this paperback, and sure enough Jamie Auchincloss is quoted by name giving numerous personal tidbits about Jackie, her sister Lee and the rest of the family. He was in his late twenties when he blabbed indiscriminately to Kelley--old enough to understand how his famous half-sister, known for guarding her privacy and for icing people out of her life who violated that privacy, was going to react. I wonder what motivates a family member to "tell all." Does a vicious-gossip gene exist that Auchincloss and Kelley share?
This book is definitely a Jackie tell-all. For being what I assume is an accurate dish (since Kelley was never sued by Jackie), I have given it four stars. Does having finally read it change how I view Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis? No.Read more ›
Reading Jackie Oh is kind of like finding your old high school year book and being embarrased by the clothes, the hobbies and the sentiments written therein. You look at it and are chagrined at how important such sillines seemed at the time.
The author, Kitty Kelley, as a Washington journalist in the nation's capital, had covered the White House and Capitol Hill and developed access to valuable sources on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Many men and women who have always refused to be interviewed in the past agreed to see the author. Many Kennedy intimates spoke to her on the record and others exchanged their reminiscences for anonymity
She says of the book: "President Kennedy once said, "The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." In writing about Mrs. Onassis, I've tried to go beyond the myth of reality."
Jackie Oh! is the first truly intimate biography of the complex and contradictory personality who is Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
The new public insights into this sometimes very private lady revealed from an intensive searching-out, including more than 300 interviews with friends and relatives.
Brought up in socially impeccable, but by no means opulent surroundings, Jacqueline Bouvier began to experience wealth and prestige only upon her marriage to John F. Kennedy--a marriage which was one of convenience to both parties.
Not in the least bit interested in politics, Jacqueline Kennedy nevertheless managed to bring considerable style to the \white House as the wife of a new kind of American president.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. I learned some things I had not previously read about Jackie Kennedy. I think the author is a controversial writer so I weighed what I read with the many other books... Read morePublished 1 day ago by B. Spencer
Jackie Oh ! by Kitty Kelley tells the story of Jackie Kennedy. Lots of gossip and facts. Very readable, and makes it interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful, wonderful wonderful --- LOVE IT, came quickly and in good condition.Published 15 months ago by Joan Frances
Very juicy and not too surprising. $,$,$ !
I am jealous she "knew" William Holden....
and, of course, JFK.
Ah, so-so. Not as good as the Oprah book, but then, this was one (if not the one) was Kelley's first foray into the bio world.Published on January 5, 2014 by CH111