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Jackie Oh! Hardcover – September, 1978

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She was the definition of White House style for too brief a time. And as a private citizen, we couldn't seem to get enough of her. Here is the inside, outside, upside and downside of our own American princess. Tragic, heroic, private: the image of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis remains the image of an American icon that will never lose its ability to charm and fascinate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart; First Edition edition (September 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818402652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818402654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mari Ann O'Malley on May 16, 2010
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With all this hooplah about Kitty's latest book, Oprah, I decided to read one of the more famous ones first, to see if I liked Kitty & to see why she was so scandalous. Folks....no big deal. This book was really good, very informative about the person (not the image) of Jackie. If you love Jackie, get this book. It's one of the few that I found interesting enough to read quickly. And I didn't think it was nasty at all. I thought it had balance, intrique. etc. A real keeper, thank you Kitty.
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This book reads much like Gone With the Wind and Jackie Kennedy's character, personality and upbringing is eerily similar to that of Scarlett O'Hara herself. Although the book is dated it is a fascinating and engrossing read. Kelly's an excellent writer and story teller and aside from the speculation about the book's reliability, it is nonetheless, immensely readable. Moreover, there is nothing in this book that is not consistent with facts which have been verified in the years since it was published.

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.
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When "Jackie Oh!" was published in 1978, the Chicago Tribune reviewed it as "Scandalous...a shock a page!" Three-plus decades later? Not so much. Apparently what was big, scandalous news back then has seeped out in other publications, so that a current reader of the book who's been remotely interested in the Kennedys over the years won't find anything new here.

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.
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When Jackie Oh! came out it shot Kitty Kelley to fame. It was considered vicious trash by the critics but the public ate it up. Reading it almost 30 years later I'm struck with the feeling that the hype was more than the book. There have been allegations that Kelly relied on backstairs gossip and a lot of what's in here can't be proven. Then there is the fact that Jackie was alive when the book was published. Kelly's decision to write about Jackie's treatment for depression (The woman lost a son and a husband within months. Who wouldn't be depressed?) seemed simply cruel for the sport of it.
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.
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This is a great book if you want to get a more balanced view of what Jackie was like as a person. While she was married to JFK she was presented as a soft-spoken and fashionably dressed glamorous woman who redecorated the White House, and politically supported her husband. The Kennedy's were America's Royal Family..

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.
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