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The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words [Kindle Edition]

Bill Adler
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike.

Memories of her childhood, her love for Jack, her children and grandchildren, the Kennedys, her often misunderstood marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her years as a widow, and her later companionship with Maurice Tempelsman are all represented here, as are some rather remarkable correspondences with the Johnsons, the Nixons, and the Khrushchevs.

A sampling of her wit and wisdom:

  • "I was a tomboy. I decided to learn to dance and I became feminine."
  • "Well, I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane."
  • "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it."
  • "If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy."

Forty years ago, when the nation was coming out from under a period of mourning, Bill Adler edited The Kennedy Wit and in so doing helped the world remember a man and a president, not just a sorrowful event. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's death, he has edited yet another book of quotes celebrating life -- this time the life of Jackie.

The accompanying DVD documentary is considered by many to be the definitive film biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and was produced by CBS News Productions for Arts & Entertainment Network.



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Eloquent is a strong word to apply to this collection of musings and quotes. Adler, editor of the bestselling The Kennedy Wit: The Humor and Wisdom of John F. Kennedy, has vacuumed up excerpts from Onassis’s letters, speeches and interviews along with recollected verbal asides to friends, heads of state and hairdressers, and has even included a portion of her will. The results are uninspiring. Onassis reflects on politics ("We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them"), the arts ("Poets are the ones who change the world"), motherhood ("The things you do with your children you never forget") and the White House ("It’s like a hotel. Everywhere I look there is somebody standing around or walking down a hall"). Unsurprisingly, many of the snippets herein concern John F. Kennedy: she notes that "Jack was something special, and I know he saw something special in me too"; "My life revolves around my husband"; "I never told him anything or showed him anything unpleasant"; and "I would certainly not express any view that was not my husband’s." To her mother, she reportedly said that JFK "didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It had to be some silly little communist." Other bon mots include "The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship" and "I do love to live in style." The portrait that emerges is not a flattering one. But that may be a fault of the volume rather than its subject. Who among us would like to be remembered through a smattering of interview snippets and off-the-cuff remarks? Photos. One-hour DVD insert from A&E Biography not seen by PW.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Bill Adler is the editor of four New York Times bestselling books, including The Kennedy Wit, and is also the president of Bill Adler Books, Inc., a New York literary agency whose clients have included Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, President George W. Bush, Bob Dole, Larry King, and Nancy Reagan.


Product Details

  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060732822
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Har/DVD edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AW2OYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming book about a grand lady May 28, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was without a doubt one of America?s most admired first ladies and that is the major theme of this book. Although the book - a collection of quotes taken from a variety of sources, mostly interviews given by Mrs. Kennedy - spans her lifetime, a good portion is devoted to Jackie?s roles as the young wife of Senator John F. Kennedy and as the Nation?s First Lady.
In order to fully appreciate some of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?s comments about her roles as a woman/wife/mother and widow, it is important to bring up the historical context. The Kennedy Administration, ?Camelot,? took place amid turbulent times: widespread civil and racial unrest, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and escalating involvement in the Vietnamese conflict. The women?s movement was then in its infancy and it is against this backdrop that the Kennedy?s acquired mythical, almost magical qualities.
?Jack and Jackie were America?s royal couple,? writes Bill Adler in his introduction to The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; A Portrait in Her Own Words. The quotes provide a window into her childhood, life with JFK and her role as First Lady, then widowhood, followed by her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her work as book editor for both Viking Publishers and Doubleday, and final years. One section deals with the assassination, ?Jack was the love of my life. No one will ever know a big part of me died with him.?
A common thread that runs throughout is her great love of, and reliance on, the family. Jackie?s life revolved around those she loved the most, her husband and her children, Caroline and John Jr. ?Raising children is the best thing I?ve ever done,? she declared.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this on Kindle! January 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I bought this for my mom on Kindle thinking the pictures and stuff would be great on her Ipad but lo and behold, when we downloaded the book the publisher had removed all images from the kindle edition and even removed the cover. A total waste of money. Kindle buyers beware. They should at least warn customers that they are not getting the original content if they are going to buy a digital version.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply love Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy... December 30, 2010
By Kaci
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Just finished the Kindle version. I really enjoyed reading things directly from her instead of leaving the book wondering what was gossip, or actual history. Kindle version does not include the pictures that are displayed in the actual book but I wouldn't even have noticed if the text didn't inform be that the pictures had been removed. It's a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 7, 2014
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While the text was excellent, it was disappointing that the Kindle edition had no photographs. I wouldn't
have purchased it, if I had known that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be September 24, 2013
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There is so much of it that is random stuff she said. Yeah its neat to see some of the things she said but I thought it was going to be different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable December 9, 2014
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This is the first book on Jackie that I have ever found spoken in her own words, and tho I have hundreds of books on the Kennedy's(really I do) I was so please to actually hear the words directly from Jackie mouth. So real and honest. For those of you who have followed this remarkable family,through both the good and the bad this book is a MUST READ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid April 16, 2014
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Hearing Jacqueline's comments about her own life gave me a glimpse into her heart and soul in a way that none of the biographies can. A collection of Kennedy biographies is not complete without this one
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring April 12, 2014
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Didn't like reading quote after quote, archived book after a few chapters, didn't grasp my attention or interest in the life of Jackie O
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The changing of a country
Learned a lot about the Kennedy's. The Democratic party sure has become more liberal.
Published 29 days ago by Greg W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book very much having been a young women ...
Enjoyed this book very much having been a young women at that time. You can picture having these conversations and thoughts.
Published 1 month ago by Beth Wilder
4.0 out of 5 stars Quotes were wonderful to read.
We were so blessed to have her as our First Lady. I too would have liked to have seen the pictures.
Remembering what she once said keeps her memory alive for all of us.
Published 1 month ago by S. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love any book about Jacqueline Kennedy.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting
Published 3 months ago by Wendy
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, uplifting, well written,
Interesting, enlightening, informative, easy reading,educational, historical, touching sad, funny, interesting, who's insight what kind of person she was and jfk.
Published 4 months ago by Jean Knipp`
4.0 out of 5 stars but the collection of quotes was very good. Not just the big
The book was short, but the collection of quotes was very good. Not just the big, dramatic moments preserved with her words, but the smaller and more intimate moments. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rabidreader
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a good read, just too short. It was nice that it was in her own words. She was a very classy lady who knew how to get things done.
Published 5 months ago by sandy parady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Could have been written more in-depth. Some of her direct quotations left me wondering what was meant.
Published 6 months ago by christina olivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She was a roll model for all American women!
Published 6 months ago by Geraldine Jacoby
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