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Just Jackie: Her Private Years Mass Market Paperback – October 5, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (October 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345429141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345429148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

According to Klein, the author of All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis began courting the widow less than 48 hours after her husband's assassination, but she made him wait, which drove him crazy. Soon she got drunk with Marlon Brando and later with Clint Hill (the agent had thrown his body on top of hers during Oswald's fusillade) at D.C.'s fanciest restaurant. Brando she took home to seduce by dancing to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen," pressing her thighs against him, but he fled into the night. Cowboy-handsome Clint Hill and Jackie were seen necking and petting, occasionally disappearing beneath their banquette. Klein (the spoilsport) says Jackie didn't sleep with Ros Gilpatrick, Lord Harlech, Frank Sinatra, or Bobby Kennedy, even though Ethel was told, "He's spending an awful lot of time with the widder."

The book is arranged in bite-sized mini-chapters, and there's a naughty treat in almost every bite. Though Ari didn't kiss Jackie at their wedding, an alleged accidental eyewitness calls their lovemaking "energetic and creative"--maybe because, unlike with his previous girlfriends, Ari didn't burn Jackie with cigars or wear her clothes. Jackie may have spent over $2 million (in 1998 dollars) on clothes, but hey, her pal Bunny Mellon spent $6 million.

Klein offers lots of intimate alleged facts, like her three face-lifts in the '80s, but the best thing about the book are the quotes, some of them Jackie's. Her friend Brendan Gill poses the central question of her life: "How does one live publicly in a world where one has to lie?" Some of the truths are probably in this book. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Fascinating."
--LIZ SMITH
   New York Post

"REVEAL[S] FASCINATING TIDBITS THAT MAY HELP SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY'S MOST FASCINATING WOMEN."
--Houston Chronicle

"STARTLING AND TERRIFIC . . . [KLEIN] CLEARLY WAS ABLE TO TAP SOME OF THOSE WHO WERE IN HER CLOSEST CIRCLE."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

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This book is a complete waste of paper and of time to read.
A. Ballard
And a few pages later, a reference to Mrs Churchill's first husband Randolph Churchill -- no "sir," he, and even if he had been she'd have been Lady Randolph.
Mac
When I received this book and immediately realized that is was by the same author I was very disappointed.
tpmck

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Fraissinet on February 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a lifelong follower of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and thought I knew a great deal about the facts of her life. But like everyone else I was on a quest to understand what was under the facade. This book didn't bring more insight about the ever elusive "Jackie", but it did provide a fleshed out version of many of the extraordinary circumstances of her incredible life. With so much of the history of her life presented like "visual" soundbites, it was engrossing to read this book's details which to a great extent humanized Jackie to me as never before. The image may have seemed effortless, but the cost of her public persona was more than anyone should have to pay. It is strangely comforting that she was so very human, and such a woman of her time -- at first looking for her purpose through a man, and finally finding her identity and happiness from within. I thought when I was a child at the time of JFK's assassination that I would never have been able to do what Jackie did during the time of his death and funeral. It is reassuring to know that no one, not even Jackie, could possibly behave the way she did without a tidal wave of emotional pain that nearly spanned the remainder of her time on earth.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I started reading "Just Jackie" with some trepidation. I was afraid it would be a typically trashy tabloid reliving of the later life of Jackie Kennedy. But I was somewhat impressed with Klein's credentials - and actually, I was so taken with the beautiful photo of Jackie on the cover, i wanted to give it a try. But I was so offended by this book, I never finished it. Without grossly offending innocent readers of this review, i will say only that Klein includes a mind-bogglingly detailed description of the disinterment of the bodies of Jackie's two stillborn children. Yes, you read that right. I never thought I'd feel sorry for jackie Kennedy, who always seemed strong enough to deal with her life. But I am now desperately sorry for her, and for her two surviving children. This is outrageous, and Klein and his publishers should be ashamed of themselves. (Too bad there is no provision for "no stars.")
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Ballard on December 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a complete waste of paper and of time to read. I only got through the first 50 pages and i could already see the horirble writing on the wall. THe book is like two books shoved into one everyother sentences conflics with the previoius and most of it is heresay and taken out of context at that. Edward Klein should be ashamed of himself as anyone who allowed such a book to be published, i am glad i didn't read further on because it would have probably jsut made my stomach turn. IF you want to read pure trash, out of text qoutes, false allegations, etc. then this is the book for you but if you want accurate, in text quotes/conversations,real accounts then there are those books out there are worth your time and day and i would happily recommend them to you but this not one of them. This book should only be used to start a fire or to sit on and nothing more. Refuse to recommend this book to any living soul
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book. I have read books about the Kennedy family since I was a child, and I am familiar with a lot of the historical incidents. Some of the book was not historically accurate - I don't believe Jackie was at the funeral of Patrick, and the author skipped her job at Viking Press. Also, the writing was choppy, and the chapters seemed to end abruptly. In fact, the book ended with her death, and it seems as if he forgot to finish it. The book appeared to be written in a hurry, with very little continuity or accuracy. I was very disappointed that I wasted my time reading this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DJ Dan on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Never have I read a biography of anyone who was trashed so much as Jackie was in this book. I've only read 6 chapters, and I doubt I'll pick it up to attempt the 7th, but what I read was hearsay, quotes from people who probably weren't her friends (wannabees, maybe from years ago) and I'll bet a lot of speculation. Sure some of what he wrote may be true, but does it have to be detailed to titilate us just enough to let our imaginations go down the wrong road?
About the only positive thing I got out of this book was the way he was able to get me to really feel Jackie's pain -- from her husband's death, her fear of the future and shabby treatment from "friends" and peers. I hurt for her 36 years later for this pain and for continued shabby treatment by this author.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you're interested in reading about Mrs. Onassis' menstrual cycle, which parts of President Kennedy's body she massaged after his death, the disinterrment of her dead children's bodies, well...get your kicks from reading the Starr report instead...
This book is based on gossip, attributing stories and quotes to people who are dead and can neither refute nor verify them and is an insidious attempt to cash in on Mrs. Onassis' life.
Shame on you Ed Klein.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mac on May 13, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Far too many obvious howlers: did "the author of this book," as he frequently quaintly refers to himself do any background research at all during the "long months [sic] of researching and writing" he mentions, before launching into reporting his unsourced gossip? No wonder he doesn't provide footnotes, only a general section of vague allusions to where this or that detail allegedly came from. "Lady Pamela Churchill" was a guest on the Christina indeed. And a few pages later, a reference to Mrs Churchill's first husband Randolph Churchill -- no "sir," he, and even if he had been she'd have been Lady Randolph. That's only one of the howlers, because it happens to be the one that springs immediately to mind. Utter trash; it belongs on the remainder bin but only till it goes into the garbage bin.
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